Circus-goers may describe their experience of a day of family fun filled with entertainment, peanuts, and tricks. Besides the peanuts, circus animals do not have such a positive experience. Peanuts soon lose their appeal to animals after days, weeks, months, and years of being mistreated. Behind the big top, animals are beaten, shocked, caged, and poked. Animals are forced to endure such treatment simply for our entertainment. Humans gather round to watch as animals perform dangerous tricks, not considering what the animals go through once the audience leaves. It is impossible for an animal’s need to be met in a traveling circus. “No matter how cheerful the advertising, no matter how bright and shiny the colorful tents and lights, there are really no animal-friendly circuses—except for those that don’t use animals.” (Allan, Carrie). Along with providing an unfit environment for animals, circuses continually poke and prod at animals. If animals do not perform as expected, they can be subject to beatings. According to dosomething.org, circus trainers may use whips, tight collars, muzzles, electric prods, bullhooks and other painful tools as a means to discipline animals.
Humans witness only the grandeur of the animal’s performance, not the way they are treated after the big show. However, this is no excuse for blindly supporting circuses. The phrase ‘ignorance is bliss’ can be employed in circumstances such as this. Humans watch excitedly as animals perform, while it is