Yes, I am fully aware how much $500,000 could help in other ways, but again, people have the right to donate their money where they choose. My personal preference would be to people who seriously need it.
"Feigning dumb"? Is a comment like that really necessary? I don't sign their petitions and certainly don't attend any protests. Not sure why you feel you have to make assumptions.
"Here is a list of the places who have implemented exotic animal circus/bans."
Have you even looked at that list? Most of the bans are either for certain animals or wild animal use in circuses. I personally don't think it's right to catch a wild animal and then turn it into a circus performer. Hand raising an animal would be different.
Very few of the places listed have a full ban on circus animals, so it's hardly a cause to believe the HSUS or PETA are that much closer to banning all use of horses, despite what you and Bluey want to believe.