Animal Cruelty in Circuses
Have you ever been to a circus? They seem like a lot of fun with their exotic animals and cool tricks don't they? Have you ever wondered how they get an elephant to do a handstand, or a tiger to jump through a ring of fire when tigers are naturally afraid of fire, or even how a bear is taught to ride a bicycle? These animals and many others in circuses are taught to perform these unnatural acts. The people/trainers who are supposed to be taking care of these beautiful animals use terrible things such as whips, chains, muzzles, tight collars, electric prods, bull hooks and other painful tools to force the animals to do these "amazing" tricks. The threat of physical punishment is what makes these animals do these things. They do not do it for pleasure or because they love to entertain the crowds that come to watch them. They do it because they are forced to do it - they have little choice in the matter. They do it because they are afraid of what will happen to them if they don't. A 2009 Scientific Review "Are wild animals suited to a traveling circus life?" by the University of Bristol (UK) shows there is lots of proof that human audiences have stressful effects on animals and so does the high noise level & bright lights at circuses.
Not only does the cruelty happen to them when they are being trained but it also happens to them when they aren't performing. Being dragged across the country in trucks in small, filthy cages, they are often kept chained and separated from their families. In fact 96% of a circus animal's life is spent in chains or cages. Often it is only when they are "performing" that they are not chained up. Their living conditions often cause the animals to be extremely stressed and frustrated. This can lead to abnormal behavior such as big cats pacing back and forth, elephants bobbing their heads and other animals who mouth their cage bars. These are scientifically proven signs of impaired well-being due to the animal not being able to cope with their horrific living conditions. Is this fair to them? Do they deserve to live a miserable and fearful life being treated as slaves for entertainment.
As circuses play no meaningful role in education or conservation, the lifelong suffering of these animals continues only for the sake of few minutes entertainment for human beings.
Will you help change the future for these pitiful creatures? Help to save animals from a terrible life in circuses by telling your family and friends about the cruelty that happens when the show's over and do not support exotic animal circuses.