Circus use of animals should be confined to history books

Circus use of animals should be confined to history books

Circus use of animals should be confined to history books

First published in Letters

I FIND it impossible to understand, as part of a supposed educated and forward-thinking nation, the need for performing animals and the desire to watch them.

I’m sure the four-year-old daughter of your correspondent "Mrs D" loved the show – she’s only four and doesn’t know any better!

It is our duty as parents to educate our children, and to take her daughter to watch this spectacle is simply condoning it.

Thankfully, through education and campaigning, the majority of society have learned degrading animals in this way is unacceptable. I have brought my children up to respect all creatures, great and small.

Although I appreciate the animals in the circus are cared for and have their basic needs met, I firmly believe this sort of “entertainment” should be confined to the history books.

Are these animals performing in the circus by choice?

Does their environment in any way represent their natural habitat?

Are they part of a conservation programme?

Are they in captivity for their own good?

They are there purely to make money for the circus owners and those who find this sort of twisted show entertaining really should look at the wider picture.

M Soakell by email.

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9:45am Mon 25 Aug 14

toper1 says...

spare a thought about horse racing just think of those poor horses been thrashed around the race course and shot if they break a leg this is for public amusement far cruel than animals in the circus when they do care for them these antis should stand out side racecourses not a circus how many of these antis have birds in there cages and dogs outside chained to there kennels I bet they love to see a dog show so why pick on a circus
spare a thought about horse racing just think of those poor horses been thrashed around the race course and shot if they break a leg this is for public amusement far cruel than animals in the circus when they do care for them these antis should stand out side racecourses not a circus how many of these antis have birds in there cages and dogs outside chained to there kennels I bet they love to see a dog show so why pick on a circus toper1
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7:53pm Mon 25 Aug 14

apolloman says...

Frankly I am appalled that in a supposed civilised country (lets not forget our PM loves bloodsports) animals are forced ( they have no choice) to perform for the whims of human entertainment which should have disappeared with the freak shows. Saying they are domesticated and well looked after is no excuse and allowing children to see the farce is setting a bad example when we should be teaching them to respect animals. The existing animals should be allowed to go to natural wasteage and not be replaced. Of course circus owners will object and whine - it's all about money and the animals are not there for the good of their health. Unfortunately, where conscience is lacking only constant boycotting will work... it will come eventually but we have to speed it up.
Frankly I am appalled that in a supposed civilised country (lets not forget our PM loves bloodsports) animals are forced ( they have no choice) to perform for the whims of human entertainment which should have disappeared with the freak shows. Saying they are domesticated and well looked after is no excuse and allowing children to see the farce is setting a bad example when we should be teaching them to respect animals. The existing animals should be allowed to go to natural wasteage and not be replaced. Of course circus owners will object and whine - it's all about money and the animals are not there for the good of their health. Unfortunately, where conscience is lacking only constant boycotting will work... it will come eventually but we have to speed it up. apolloman
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11:57pm Mon 25 Aug 14

toper1 says...

apolloman wrote:
Frankly I am appalled that in a supposed civilised country (lets not forget our PM loves bloodsports) animals are forced ( they have no choice) to perform for the whims of human entertainment which should have disappeared with the freak shows. Saying they are domesticated and well looked after is no excuse and allowing children to see the farce is setting a bad example when we should be teaching them to respect animals. The existing animals should be allowed to go to natural wasteage and not be replaced. Of course circus owners will object and whine - it's all about money and the animals are not there for the good of their health. Unfortunately, where conscience is lacking only constant boycotting will work... it will come eventually but we have to speed it up.
I suggest you get a job in a circus you might learn something then and LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP
[quote][p][bold]apolloman[/bold] wrote: Frankly I am appalled that in a supposed civilised country (lets not forget our PM loves bloodsports) animals are forced ( they have no choice) to perform for the whims of human entertainment which should have disappeared with the freak shows. Saying they are domesticated and well looked after is no excuse and allowing children to see the farce is setting a bad example when we should be teaching them to respect animals. The existing animals should be allowed to go to natural wasteage and not be replaced. Of course circus owners will object and whine - it's all about money and the animals are not there for the good of their health. Unfortunately, where conscience is lacking only constant boycotting will work... it will come eventually but we have to speed it up.[/p][/quote]I suggest you get a job in a circus you might learn something then and LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP toper1
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