Dale Shrimpton wrote:well, here in the u.k, animal circuses have been as good as banned for quite a few years now.
i recall the thrill of sitting close to the ringside, as elephants, camels,chimps, lions, tigers, and bears... (oh my), plus aligators, horses, and performing pigs walked around the ring.
maybe some of the animals were kept in slightly cramped cages prior to the show, but none of them looked maltreated.
and, you can bet your bottom dollar that if any of them wanted to fight back, they would.. and they would win!
Just found this quote which sums up how I feel about it really:
The idea that it is funny to see wild animals coerced into acting like clumsy humans, or thrilling to see powerful beasts reduced to cringing cowards by a whipcracking trainer is primitive and medieval. It stems from the old idea that we are superior to other species and have the right to hold dominion over them."
Dr. Desmond Morris, anthropologist, animal behaviorist, author
And this is alarming
Behind the scenes, elephant trainer Tim Frisco instructs would-be trainers how to dominate elephants and make them perform circus tricks. Sink that hook into em. When you hear that screaming, then you know you got their attention. An elephant trumpets in agony as Friscos bullhook, with its sharp metal hook and spiked end, tears through her sensitive skin. Frisco, a Carson & Barnes elephant trainer, learned the trade from his father, a former trainer for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
Don't click if you are upset by animals being tortured:
http://www.petatv.com/tvpopup/Prefs.asp ... arnes_long
I know it's PETA, who are mainly mental cases, but the video doesn't appear to be faked.
I remember the circus coming to my town when I was a child and wanting to go. My parents took me and showed me how the animals were kept, how small the cages were, how horrible the whole thing was and I cried and decided not going was a much better idea.