All of us remember the thrill and curiosity we use to feel when people started talking about circuses. Afterall, circuses have captivated audiences for decades, but the hype surrounding these spectacles disguise a momentous problem. It looks pleasant enough, the children seem to admire watching the lion roar on cue or the seals playing beach ball. But have you ever considered that this might all be nothing but a charade? A mere deception to blind you from the dark secrets behind a seemingly innocent place. In this campaign, you will learn about the hidden horrors of circuses.
It should be painfully obvious to anyone over the age of 10 that elephants do not stand on two legs in the wild. In order to teach animals tricks that are that unnatural, physical force has to be implemented. this barbaric style of training will cause these animals mental or physical pain, sometimes to the point where it permanently damages them or even kills them. Once I went to the circus but felt bored in the middle so I went out for fresh air, it was then that I heard one of the most bone-chilling shrieks in my life, one that belonged to a chimpanzee that was backstage, it still gives me nightmares, it’s barbaric! that’s right barbaric, its the only word that came to mind when I heard it Not only are the tricks the animals are forced to perform unnaturally, but so are the conditions they are kept in. While the circus performers travel in comfortable automobiles and sleep in warm beds, the animals they employ in their acts stay in cramped cages that constantly jostle around in some dark dingy trailer, just how much of there humanity are they going to sacrifice for the sake of profit. 90% of animals are confined in cages that give them only just enough room to turn around, not even that in the case of elephants.
Most circuses shackle the animals specifically to keep them from moving around in their cages (barely large enough to house the animal to begin with). Once my friend and I went to a circus in France, as we were looking around we found a cage, in it was a young bear with snow white, cotton soft fur. At first, we thought she was asleep but we later found out that she was dead! she was made suicidal from immense frustration, she bashed her head against her cage again and again until she died. Can we really just sit here and turn a blind eye while profit is being made from these animals suffering? Well, I for one can not. Often, not enough food or water is given, causing malnutrition and dehydration. In the wild, the animals would be in packs or with a family. In a circus, a tiger cage may be kept next to a cage with small dogs. You can imagine the anguish it must cause both these animals.
Children viewing circus animals will learn nothing about the animal kingdom. how can you call watch a lioness leaping over a ring of fire and call it educational when instead you could be viewing her hunting for her cubes. Taking advantage of animals and using them for our own entertainment is generally degrading to the animal kingdom, leading to an increase in animal abuse in general.
There are a number of circuses that are remarkably entertaining and popular even without the use of circuses, for example, Fern Street Circus or Bindlestiff Family Cirkus. But then why is it that these places are still you may ask? that is a very good question, with a very sad answer. It’s simply because people are still filling the stands, and profit is still being made. Because of this the facts are ignored.
People may worry that generations to come will miss out on a circus tradition: After all, why should they care about the way animals are treated? If such a tradition involves the abuse and occasional death of animals, an alternative should come about. Children should learn to respect animals, not rely on them for entertainment. If the mistreatment of circus animals continues, some may become endangered and future generations would miss out in a worse way.
People should start caring for the sake of a better world because no one would want to live in a world without animals. Animals should no longer exist as a part of the circus’ attraction. Animals used for entertainment have to endure unhealthy amounts of stress, ultimately putting the safety of spectators and circus staff at risk. It’s simply cruel, disgusting, and wrong. After all this, after all I’ve said, if you still don’t feel anything for these poor animals then you can throw this in the bin and go on with your life, but if you feel even a little bit moved then help me make a change for the better and a change for our future generation.