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January 02, 2013

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Barbara I. Biel

@ A.H. Saxon

Locking animals in cages and displaying them doing stupid tricks is not species preservation.

Animals enslaved in circuses lead miserable lives that consist of cages and chains. They have no mental stimulation, privacy, or exercise. Most circuses are on tour 48 weeks a year. During that time, animals are forced to travel in extreme temperatures in 18-wheel trucks or train cars. They have to eat, sleep, and defecate in cramped cages for most of their lives. If the animals are not confined to their cages, they are often chained by their necks or legs to keep them from moving freely. These dismal conditions often lead to physical or psychological trauma and animals are prone to illness as animals often exhibit noticeable symptoms of neurosis, such as chronic rocking and head bobbing.
In the ring, the whips, muzzles and electric prods manifest that these animals are forced to go against their nature and do senseless "tricks". After years of traveling, circuses often dump old animals at roadside zoos or exotic animal auctions, which sell them to hunting ranches to be shot as "trophies."
In the wild, animals are free to roam, hunt, play, and form families. In the circus they are shackled, cramped, exhausted, beaten and killed for "entertainment."

It is time to progress morally and ban such barbarism.

A. H. Saxon

When one reads about or actually sees the ever-increasing slaughter of African elephants, Bengal tigers, finback whales, and just about every other exotic creature under heaven, one can be thankful for circuses, zoos, aquariums, and organizations like the Felds' for preserving and looking after these animals so that we and our descendants may at least have some idea of what they and the world once were. I've been writing about and reviewing circuses for over half a century, and have yet to witness a genuine instance of animal cruelty either under or behind the big top, even though I will grant that, just as there will always be some people who delight in tormenting dogs and cats, there must be the occasional bad apple among circus employees. Aside from being cruel, it would also certainly be bad business, considering their cost and the expense of maintaining them, to maltreat circus or zoo animals.

Ashley Casas

Feld Entertainment Inc. gets to keep the money and the elephants. Someone is really happy right now.

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