Exotic Animals in Entertainment: the Pros and Cons

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Exotic Animals in Entertainment: The Pros and Cons Abstract The entertainment industry is a controversial subject, especially pertaining to the use of exotic animals for human enjoyment. The purpose of this research paper is to explore the history of exotic animals in entertainment and how the industry is viewed by the general public in the twenty-first century. The explanation of the history, legal aspects, organizations involved, public image, and the controversy of the industry will be covered as the primary goal of the research. The truth behind the entertainment industry will be revealed by examining historical archives such as the Circus Maximus in Rome, studying mass media records, and laws. The research highlights the controversy…show more content…
The Circus Maximus is large compared to modern day circuses. Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus had a main-tent seating capacity of 10,000 in 1924 while the Circus Maximus could hold an estimated 300,000 spectators (Circus, 2011) ( Ringling Brothers 2012). The seating arrangements are also similar because the audiences’ seats encircle the entertainment unusually in an oval shape. Another similarity is spectators would often travel from afar to be entertained. Modern day circuses and the Circus Maximus have two major differences. The Circus Maximus could not relocate its location and the owners of modern circuses are concerned about their entertainers’ welfare. Centuries later in medial Europe monarchs would often present other rulers with exotic animals as gifts to gain their favor and in some parts of the world presenting wild animals as gifts still exists between government leaders (Thomas, 1996). King Henry I of England (1068-1135) established the first royal menagerie from the exotic animals he received as gifts in the town of Woodstock (Library Index, 2012a). The French word menagerie means housing for domestic animals when translated into English (2012a). The successor of the crown after six generations is King Henry III (1216-1272) and he relocates the royal menagerie to the Tower of London (Thomas, 1996). During the reign of King Henry III the London Tower became home to an assortment of exotic animals and the London

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