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Is the Circus Good Or Bad?

By January 21, 2010

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The Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus will be in Huntsville at the VBC Arena the first week in February. Will you be taking your family? There is some controversy that the circus mistreats its animals. Do you believe the stories? Or do you think the circus is just a family friendly fun way for kids to have some entertainment? What's your opinion regarding the care and treatment of the animals versus fun for your family? Who's side are you on?


January 21, 2010 at 11:46 am
(1) Rebecca S. Henshaw says:

I have heard the stories regarding the mistreatment of animals in the circus world, and it will break your heart. Would the animals be better off in the wild where men hunt them for trophies for their walls, etc. It is understandable to kill animals for needed food. Some people have, forever, mistreated animals. In this cold weather, you can see farm animals and dogs left out in the freezing cold, and in the summer chained in the extreme heat. Why do people not even consider their animals feeling pain? If we could only, overall, improve our treatment of animals, it would be such an improvement in this old world.

January 21, 2010 at 4:50 pm
(2) B says:

I think most people that think the Circus is good, clean fun are simply not informed on what really goes on behind the scenes to make those elephants do those tricks.

It is awful… the elephants are hauled around in cramped trains all over the country, taken from their mothers while still babies and “trained” by force (tying ropes around their legs and trunk) and electric shock and sharp hooks… forcing them to stretch their bodies in ways they were never meant to.

Check out this website, many former circus employees have come forward about what their jobs entailed: http://www.ringlingbeatsanimals.com

Ringling Bros. is currently on trial for these crimes.

I say they just take the animals out of the circus, and let the humans do the entertaining. They’re the ones with the ability to make choices rather than being forced to do something.

January 23, 2010 at 9:51 am
(3) Bill says:

I started my working life as a herdsman on a farm in 1962. I have milked cows, delivered calves, raised chicken and sheep, trained dogs and spent 30 years with circuses in 5 different countries. Over 50% of the population of America is born and raised in urban areas where there is little or no education on the care and treatment of animals. Animal rights groups spend literally millions exploiting the public with their version. There are over 9,000 licenses issued by the USDA in America to exhibit, breed and raise all sorts of animals from exotic to domestic. Animal rights groups demonise every single participant. There is no institutionalised abuse of animals in the circus, it is a myth. Ringling’s court case, by the way, was dismissed due to lack of credibility by the accusers. Court records showed former circus employee had received $190,000 from animal rights groups. Take your kids to the circus with a clear conscience.

January 24, 2010 at 11:23 am
(4) Amanda says:

I just knew at 7 years old, at my first circus, that it was wrong to use those brilliant animals in such a way. i cried and vowed to never go again. I realize that I am smarter than the average bear, but how can one say that there is no abuse in a circus???!! That is the most ignorant thing I have ever heard. In order to train an animal, there has to be a sense of domination over an animal. Being that tigers and lions are dangerous, they will not perform tricks just simply because some human said so. They have to be trained with violent force, at least at first and whenever they get out of line. Elephants are much larger than humans, so they, too, would have to be dominated over in a violent way. This is just common sense. Google it, you will see pictures and videos from those EVIL animal rights activist who risk the joy in their souls and the tenderness in their hearts to witness this suffering in order to capture it on video to bring out the truth.What about the life in chains and cages these animals live in?? This is not their purpose. They are nothing but slaves. They have a god given right to freedom as well as humans… not to be dominated over and forced to live in chains until they are brought out and forced to do tricks for humans. Get a conscience!

January 24, 2010 at 2:59 pm
(5) Brittney says:

“There are over 9,000 licenses issued by the USDA in America to exhibit, breed and raise all sorts of animals from exotic to domestic.”

Yes, that is the problem.

Whatever caliber of conscience you have, it is your choice.

The bigger picture of these individual cruel acts toward animals, whether it be some jerk that inflicts pain on an elephant in order to train it or a careless dog owner that bought the dog, didn’t train the dog, and ties the dog to a stake in their yard to “control” the dog.

Not all laws and institutionalized entities are just. There are plenty that SHOULD be changed.

That is the fight.

Here is a different, great resource and example for these standards and their need for reform:

USDA License and AKC Registration

April 21, 2012 at 11:24 am
(6) kieron says:

i wish the men in there should get the own treatment to GROW UP AND GET A LIFE

January 3, 2013 at 10:00 pm
(7) Bec says:

Nowadays, it depends entirely on which circus you are talking about. If you talk about the traditional and/or typical circus, then, yes, it is BAD for they abuse animals just to make a ‘show’. However, if you talk about modern and/or contemporary circuses such as, “Cirque du Soleil”, then it is good. Modern circuses tend to focus on what the human body is capable of doing. As such, they won’t feature animals, only people doing spectacular feats and acts. By the way, if you want to go to the circus, I would recomend “Cirque du Soleil”, not only for what I have stated prior, but also because, they are worth seeing and not missing!

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