Planning to see a circus? Please patronize people circuses instead of animal circuses. Cirque du Soleil is a life-changing experience. The creativity and talent is unbelievable. The music is compelling and the acts are amazing. Gifted people choose this life of entertainment. The shows they imagine and create are breath-taking and well worth the price of admission.
On the other hand, animal circuses are full of entertainers that never had a choice to participate. I recently heard an interview with an undercover officer who investigates circuses. Her testimonial was convincing. Footage showing the torture may be found here.
"Bears, elephants, tigers, and other animals do not voluntarily ride bicycles, stand on their heads, balance on balls, or jump through rings of fire. They don't perform these and other difficult tricks because they want to; they perform them because they're afraid of what will happen if they don't.
For animals in circuses, there is no such thing as "positive reinforcement"—only varying degrees of punishment and deprivation. To force them to perform these meaningless and physically uncomfortable tricks, trainers use whips, tight collars, muzzles, electric prods, bullhooks, and other painful tools of the trade. Constant travel means that animals are confined to boxcars, trailers, or trucks for days at a time in extremely hot and cold weather, often without access to basic necessities such as food, water, and veterinary care. Elephants, big cats, bears, and primates are confined to cramped and filthy cages in which they eat, drink, sleep, defecate, and urinate—all in the same place.
Unsuspecting parents planning a family trip to the circus don't know about the violent training sessions with ropes, bullhooks, and electric shock prods that elephants endure."
The organization Oceana is the world's largest marine conservation group. Ted Danson makes the point in his hopeful book that "of all the charitable giving in this country about 1% goes to the ocean, 99% to land-based charities. But when you look at the surface of the earth those numbers are almost reversed. This is why this book is so timely." He urged others to become e-activists so that they could tell their grandchildren that they did something about the endangered oceans.
Watching the impelling documentary, "Earthlings," was for me, a life-changing experience. This amazing film is the hard-core evidence of inter-species warfare against the more gentle creatures of our planet.
I feel grateful towards those who have the courage to devote their lives to giving animals a voice. Sincere thanks to Earthlings and those who created it! Support them by purchasing the high-quality DVD at Earthlings.com. If that doesn't make financial sense for you, at least view a free version here. It will change your life.
Virtual zoos would make the confinement and isolation of animals obsolete. I love this idea! virtual reality zoos. A place where people could be completely immersed into natural environments via technology. Imagine experiencing the rainforest animals of Costa Rica through all five senses. Museums and entertainment venues could provide unique showcases where, through sight, sound, touch and smell, one could actually view animals ineracting with each other in their natural environments. I believe that it would enhance the experience for humans and allow us to understand that animals are not here to fulfill our needs and wants. They exist as fellow earthlings. With climate change and an overall need for the appreciation of animals, this is an idea whose time has come.