AR-News: Fw: Circus Is Cruel To Animals

molly mgh at citlink.net
Fri May 14 00:01:11 EDT 2004







           May 12, 2004





     Circus Is Cruel To Animals
      posted May 12, 2004

      The circus is coming to town. Please consider this before taking your
family to the circus:

      Training methods are often abusive, cruel and stressful. Circus
trainers use whips, tight collars, electric prods, bullhooks, and other
tools to break animals' spirits and teach submission. In fact, The ASPCA,
the Fund for Animals and the Animal Welfare Institute brought a lawsuit
against Ringling Bros. under the Endangered Species Act for its mistreatment
of elephants. Earlier this year, the U.S. Court of Appeals rejected
Ringling's arguments that the case should be thrown out, and the case will
go forward in federal district court in Washington, D.C.

      Wild animals can attack trainers and audiences, rebelling against
mistreatment and cruel training methods.

      Living conditions of circus animals are inhumane. The animals live in
cramped spaces -- tigers and lions live and travel in cages measuring just 4
by 6 by 5 feet. Elephants are chained by their legs during training,
transport, and between shows.

      The circus is not educational. It portrays wild animals as
approachable and playful - teaching nothing about the animals, their natural
habitats, lifestyles or behaviors.

      Many circuses entertain audiences without using animals. And it's
these circuses that we should welcome to our town. Using animals as a form
of entertainment, especially when it involves such cruelty, is barbaric.

      Kelly Paulk
      Chattanooga Alliance for Animals
      kellypaulk at bellsouth.net
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