Skip to comments.The circus life is no fun for animals
Posted on 05/29/2009 12:59:12 PM PDT by SmithL
The Carson & Barnes Circus, which regularly uses elephants in its acts, is scheduled to perform at the Cow Palace this weekend (May 29-June 2), followed by the Wells Fargo Center in Santa Rosa (June 8-9) and Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma (June 10-11). While laws and regulations offer some protection of animals who perform in circuses, the sad truth is that they are minimal and rarely enforced.
Bay Area and national animal welfare agencies, including the Marin Humane Society, Humane Society & SPCA of Sonoma County, Citizens for Cruelty Free Entertainment, Forgotten Felines of Sonoma County, Pets Lifeline and the San Francisco SPCA, have publicly called for a boycott of the Carson & Barnes Circus, citing the company's routine abuse of animals. These organizations are all strongly against the use of animals in circuses and the inhumane training methods that are often employed, such as whips, tight collars, muzzles, electric prods and bullhooks that can puncture and tear an elephant's skin. When not performing, animals are often transported and confined in small, cramped cages.
According to a statement from PETA, the Carson & Barnes Circus has "failed to meet minimal federal standards for the care of animals used in exhibition as established in the Animal Welfare Act (AWA)."
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That maybe be true for animals but those clowns on Capitol Hill sure enjoy themselves in that circus.
Instead of having them jump through hoops, they could feed some of the audience to them and let everyone see what a tiger’s natural behavior is like.
Life in the wild is pretty cruel also. I think we need to do something about that. Far MORE animals are killed, injured and tortured in nature than anywhere else.
Says who? Dr. Doolittle?