Animals are not actors, they belong in the wild with their families. “Thousands of animals are forced to perform silly and confusing tricks under the threat of physical punishment” according to PETA website. “ Animals Are NOT Ours To Eat, Wear, Experiment on, Use for Entertainment, or Abuse in Any Other Way.” In circus`, often elephants perform tricks like balancing on their head, sitting on a platform, balancing on a platform and other “cool” tricks. While training an elephant, trainers use electric prods, bullhooks and blow torches to get the animal to do what the trainer wants. Also, when tigers fail to learn or refuse to perform a trick they are often starved of food and not given water as punishment. Many people own a dog, so would it be okay for someone to beat and punish their dog to get them to sit? Lions, tigers, and elephants are no different. Animals attend multiple abusive training practices a day which causes pain and stress and gives the animals no value or right in their life. Zoo`s on the other hand are prisons to hundreds and thousands of animals just for the enjoyment of paying visitors. These animals lose control of their lives and aren't able to fulfill their full potential. Some animals who should be living alone are caged with others and often, an animal`s predator is right next door. Sometimes zoos teach animals tricks for shows, but as an animal, their brains don't work like ours, and are beaten when they either don't do the trick right or won't do it. Often you may see an ad in the paper or a commercial on tv about an upcoming show or circus, and the animals are doing tricks and people are smiling, this shows people that the animals and people are having fun and they should support it. This
In the article “PETA urges L.A. to ban all wild animals from circus performances”, Alexia Fernandez highlights the speed with which animal activists go in order to free wild animals from being used in circuses. According to the spokesman for the Ringling Bros, after L.A. “banned circuses from using bullhooks to manage elephants” in 2014, PETA activists demanded that circuses remove wild animals from their performances and Barnum & Bailey Circus begged to differ by arguing that animals in their facilities are taken good care of and are not mistreated (Fernandez, 2016). In conclusion, both sides of the arguments believe that neither is misinformed.
Circuses often say the animals perform out of love for their owners, but thatś completely false. They perform out of fear of being beaten and whipped.
The circus industry claims that it only trains animals to do the types of tricks they might naturally perform in the wild. Costumed bears lying on their backs spinning giant balls, tigers jumping through flames, or elephants walking on their hind legs then balancing on their heads, are not natural behaviors. When circuses portray unnatural and inaccurate images of how wild animals live and act, in such an unrealistic context, this creates a greater disconnect between people and wild animals, promoting the notion that it's acceptable, even enjoyable to exploit animals for entertainment. Circuses perpetuate an outdated attitude that wild animals are ours to use at any cost to their welfare-an attitude that PAWS, other animal protection groups, wildlife organizations and zoos work tirelessly to counteract through outreach and education.
Animals aren’t actors, circus clowns or prisoners. So, how come it’s okay to force them to perform confusing tricks or travel across the country in cages and trailers? Why are they exploited for human amusement? Unfortunately, some of these animals even lose their lives from incessant physical punishment and abuse.
When adults take their children to the circus, they expect their child to be mesmerized. What is there for a child not to be captivated by? Between the dazzling display of lights, the vast amount of animals, and the entertaining clowns all over the place, the circus is a great experience for any child. While the tigers are jumping through hoops of fire, the elephants are being prepared to go out into the center ring. The audience is going wild and the children are screaming in excitement. Before the elephants begin their march into the ring, the trainers, behind the scenes, take one last hit at them with their bull hooks. One elephant trumpets in pain as the hook gashes its skin. While all this is going on, a lion is imprisoned in a cage
Think about how we will look back on our cruel forms of entertainment in the future. Will we be proud of the way we treated these great animals, with abuse as neglect? Today we turn our heads away from reality and what happens behind the scenes of animal entertainment. However,
Animal cruelty can be either deliberate abuse or simply the failure to take care of an animal. Animal Abuse is growing problem in the world; many animals are abused my people, simply just to make a profit. In certain situations, some people can’t afford to keep up with the maintenance
The circuses do claim they take well care of animals, but is this really what we should call ‘’well taken care of’’ or should it really just be considered torture?
Some children think of running away to join the circus as a fantasy, while animals performing in circuses think of running away as a fantasy. Elephants used in circuses are captives who are obligated to perform confusing, uncomfortable, repetitive, and often painful acts. There is no doubt that circuses would
Most animals used in attractions are torn away from their families and homes. Animals need their natural environment to grow healthy and happy. Instead, they are left to face a lifetime of inhumane mental and physical abuse. They often suffer from high levels of stress and psychological trauma. This is usually caused by being crammed into unhygienic small confinements and going through excruciating “training”. “Trainers” force animals to learn tricks using rods with spikes, chains and ropes. In addition, animals such as elephants and monkeys are usually forced to work long hours, only given small amounts of fresh food and water to sustain them. This usually causes severe dehydration, exhaustion and heat stress. Also, many shows using wild animals refuse to pay for proper medical care(World Animal Protection 2015). No animal ever deserves to be treated this way. The tourism we generate is the only revenue that supports these brutal
Whit Honea, cofounder of Dads4Change.com and a father of two boys, said they generally don’t attend circuses because of the “abusive treatment” of the animals” (Wallace, 2016) It’s like the old saying, “how would you like it if they did that to you?” If you were compelled to be seized from your family and raised only to be examined at and trained to do tricks in front of different simulated people every day for your entire life. The outside world, only to be an enigma forever. Evidently, the life of a zoo animal can be relatable to the state of being behind bars in a prison until your days come to an end. This being said, our impending generation’s perception is that wild animals rights and the freedoms they deserve is way more essential than the amusement people get when the witness exotic animals up close and personal in a limited facility which they lay in
Training is another concern. Physical punishment has long been the standard training method for animals in circuses. These methods are simply cruel. They include the use of electric prods, whips, and even some animals especially large cats, have their teeth removed. Bears balancing on balls, apes riding motorcycles, elephants standing on two legs are acts that are physically uncomfortable and behaviorally unnatural. Such “performances” do not teach audiences about how animals behave under normal circumstances. Instead, they are often portrayed as ferocious and stupid.
Living life as a circus animal is not as entertaining as it seems. If people in the public were aware of how these animals are being mistreated, circuses would lose their shows. Some people find elephants balancing on their trunks or lions jumping through fire entertaining. These animals suffer. We are curious on how these animals are being trained to perform crucial and painful tricks. Some of us think positive about circus. Others, wonder why the animal tamers are holding whips instead of treats. The reasons why circus animals should gain the public’s attention is because they spend most of their lives behind bars, their taken away from their mother’s right after birth, the method of training is physical punishment, and their being starved and dehydrated. Circus animals have caught attention to the audience for years, but the abuse behind these animals is a serious problem.
Animals have been a main focus in circus performances around the world for many centuries; however, in recent history, there have been far more regulations put on the use of these creatures, stemming mainly from how they are treated by both their trainers and the circus as a whole.