There is no getting around the fact that the circus is an industry that supports animal abuse. The information is out there for anyone who wants to be informed and make responsible choices.
The Carson and Barnes circus that was recently in East Liverpool has a long list of violations. So many violations that some municipalities have banned them from performing in their area. We had that chance, but made the choice of making money off the misery of some of God's most wonderful and beautiful creatures.
The tricks they perform to entertain you are taught through pain and fear, the miles they are forced to travel and the traveling conditions are akin to torture. Taken out of their natural environment and forced to perform is cruel entertainment, not education and it leaves the impression on children that animals are simply here to entertain us.
You can choose to attend or not attend the circus. You can choose to focus on the circus being good, wholesome family fun or you can focus on the plight of animals that have been forced from their natural environment and kept chained and caged for most of their lives. It always comes down to a choice.
There are now many traveling circuses that offer shows without animals, such as the Bindlestiff Family Circus out of New York and Circus Smirkus out of Vermont. The choices that we make can affect a multitude of lives. We may not be able to change the harsh world we live in, but we can reach out and try to mend the things that are close to us.
If you believe that animals should not be circus performers you can ask your state representative to pass H.R.3359.IH. This is the Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act. You can write to your congressman or you can go online and sign a petition.
I was told that many people would be offended if our group spoke out and it might effect future donations. That was probably good advice, but it won't help my offended soul and the awful silence will not help the animals.
Alley Cat Aid Brigade