10th of Aug '14 @ 10:08 AM
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How do you feel about animals in the circus?
For me personally I am against wild animals being in the circus. I think its wrong to take an animal such as an elephant, away from its mother in the wild, break its "spirit" and then have it perform in front of people.
So I have been against any circuses that feature elephants, tigers and lions.
The circus that comes to my area Peter Jolly's Circus
has recently come under fire because they've acquired two lionesses, one lion and two tigers.
Before these additions they had other animals which were horses, donkeys, dogs, cats, doves, snakes, a fox, a zebra, a camel, an African bull and a llama.
All of which were fine for me because even the "wild" animals weren't doing tricks. The camel, bull and zebra would just be led into the ring, walk around and then stand in the middle so you could get a look of them. And that was it, they didn't need to stand on their heads or anything like that.
With the introduction of these big cats I'm now in two minds about going to the circus if/when it comes to my area, because I'm against this type of animal being in the circus.
But I did my research and looked into this, and I've found that these big cats Jolly's Circus has have been bred in captivity. So they've not been taken from the wild.
So all these people protesting how these tigers/lions shouldn't be in this tiny enclosure when their used to roaming wide open plains in Africa (or where ever) are stupid because these specific big cats have never been in the wild. They were bred in captivity, they will only know what they've had from day one.
Personally, this looks like a pretty big enclosure - considering these animals have never experienced the plains of Africa.
This then makes me feel better that they haven't just pulled these poor things straight out of the wild.
In England, we have something called DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) who gives licenses to circuses to allow them to use live animals.
Jolly's Circus is only one of two in England that is licensed by DEFRA to use live animals in their show.
What they do is they visit the circus either announced or unannounced and do health checks on the animals - and Jolly's Circus has passed these checks every time, so they have to be doing something right
My personal feelings about the circus are, if the animal is domestic/captive bred (not taken from the wild), are properly looked after and are healthy (not being beaten, starved etc) and are only doing "tricks" that are natural to them - such as a dog pushing a trolley, or a pony walking around the ring (not like an elephant standing on a ball or on its head). Then I have no issues with a circus containing animals.
For more info on DEFRA click HERE.
For the article about Jolly's Circus click HERE.
I don't know if American circuses require licenses - or anywhere else for that matter.