Animal Humane Society position on animals in entertainment and competition

Animal Humane Society believes animals used for entertainment must be treated humanely at all times. They must be transported in a humane and safe manner, provided frequent opportunities for natural exercise and psychological enrichment and rest, and should be housed and cared for in a manner appropriate to each species.

Animals should not be intentionally harmed or endangered for entertainment or competition. Events or contests, such as chasing, racing, and fighting that feature or involve the abuse of any animal are contrary to our beliefs. Such events can expose animals to pain, injury or even death in the name of sport and desensitize the public to the suffering of animals.

We condemn animal activities deemed illegal, such as cockfighting and dog fighting.

We recognize the role of accredited zoos and aquariums in conservation and education. We believe removing wild or exotic animals from their natural habitat, or maintaining captive-bred exotic animals for the purpose of entertainment or competition can be harmful. The psychological, social and physical needs of these animals are difficult to satisfy and maintain in a captive setting.

We are committed to legislative efforts to institute and enforce comprehensive laws that create a more humane world for animals.