Do you still go to the circus? If, yes, do they have wild animals? Do you question whether you should go to the circus or boycott them?
If you like animals and if the circuses that you go to have performing wild animals you should make a personal commitment to boycott circuses from now on because it is just not right in the 21st century for wild animals, such as tigers, lions and elephants, to be captive in this way and be compelled to perform to entertain people.
Often the animals are trained to do tricks which cannot be natural to them. How are they trained? I am sure that many are trained in a cruel manner and in any case the level of unnatural captivity is enough to decide to never see a circus with animals again.
There is talk in some countries of banning circus animals. In the UK on 1st March 2012, the government announced that circuses were to be banned from using performing wild animals. Good intentions. I have not heard about an actual ban. They drag their feet on this as usual. When it comes to animals they are well down the list of priorities.
Animal Welfare Minister Lord Taylor said:
“There is no place in today’s society for wild animals being used for our entertainment in travelling circuses. Wild animals deserve our respect.”
The director of the Captive Animals’ Protection Society, Liz Tyson says:
“Tigers, lions, elephants and camels simply cannot live a good life when their home is the back of a lorry and their sole purpose in life is to perform degrading tricks to circus audiences.”
If you agree that there is no place for wild animals in circuses why not take the Big Cat Rescue pledge? Over 11,000 have already.