I did miss your point - thanks for clarifying. So often, people who are doing nothing complain to those doing something that they're not doing EVERYTHING, if that makes sense. I don't protest at the circus, but I applaud P&C for recognizing the questionableness of the circus and hope that one day Charleston, which has NO pet stores that sell dogs and cats, joins the ranks of the growing numbers of cities that ban circuses that use animals for entertainment.
It would have driven me MAD to see a fur coat at a baby seal protest!!
Ima - so you're saying if you can't do EVERYTHING, then the best solution is to do nothing? Makes perfect sense... oh wait. No it doesn't. What are YOU doing to make the world a better place?
Again, the question is HOW does this benefit the animals? I'd love to read ONE argument about how circuses are beneficial for animals. Bueller? Bueller?
Animal abuse is a crime. Do you know how many exceptions there are to animal abuse laws? Let's start with any animal raised for food and any animal tested on in a laboratory. That's most animals in our country. Animal abuse laws are a grossly underdeveloped.
Third world countries have also outlawed the use of animal in military medical training (still happens here). If Seaworld and Ringling had the resources to care for the animals, would they all die so early?
The point of the post, Gary, is that the circus is no fun for animals. How many elephants go crazy and storm into audiences? How many elephants die prematurely due to stress, illness, and depression? Entertainment can be had WITHOUT the suffering of animals, so why not support this type of entertainment? What's to be gained by PROMOTING the use of animals (which could very easily lead to the abuse of animals) for profit. If Ringling and Cole were in the business of animal welfare, they wouldn't be parading them around the country in shiny costumes; they would be managing their care in a natural habitat and taking donations or charging admission fees to see them as elephants, not as perverse performers.
People who are hating on this article are hating on the animal welfare groups. Even if you hate ASPCA, HSUS, and PETA, can you still attest that the use and abuse of animals for entertainment is appropriate in a 'civilized' society when third world countries in Latin America have banned the practice? The circus is solely an attempt to profit off of the use of animals, who only suffer as a result. You want your kids to see lions and tigers and elephants oh my? Take them to a sanctuary (there are sanctuaries in Florida and Tennessee) or watch the Animal Planet to see them in their natural habitat. Even if you disagree with the beliefs, tactics, or spending choices of animal welfare organizations, there is nothing 'ok' about using animals in circuses.
Is this a family-friendly event?
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