No way!!! You're absolutely right, circuses ARE unnatural and cruel. There are plenty of other fun things you can do with your child. Please don't support such blatent cruelty. Doing so will be like tellig your daughter that this is acceptable and fun behavior. These animals are NOT treated kindly and do not do those stupid tricks b/c they enjoy it. They do it out of fear. Your gut has told you not to go, please listen to your instincts.
I don't go to the circus, and sometimes feel guilty even going to the zoo. (a friend of mine won't ever set her foot in the zoo) but at least the animals are not abused at the zoo, and its the only time my son will probably see any of them in the flesh....
I went to the Barnum and Bailey circus when i was like 5 years old.. I remember feeling bad for the animals.. They weren't being mean to them in anyway a 5 year old would underrstand, but i felt they were somehow being humiliated.. So even little kids get it..
Thanks for all of the support/advice on this. Yeah, we've only been to one zoo (in San Diego) and even that felt strange. I'll be proud for DD to grow up knowing that we don't think that circuses are humane. She's already an animal lover at almost 2, so I think it will make sense to her. I just really wanted to check in and make sure that I wasn't being unreasonable.
We have gone to a small, family owned, animal free circus the last few years. It is really incredible (and WAY less expensive than Circue d Expensivel)and the kids love it. We just moved, and I am not sure if this circus will be performing in our new town yet, but I hope so!
Before we had kids we went with a group of friends to a circus not B&B another one a russian one forget the name,anyway they had this act with bears that stood on their hine legs and wore tutus and did these tricks it was the most unatural thing I have ever seen. I am not one given to public displays of emotion but this freaked me out so much I started to cry and a girl we were with was crying too we had to get up and leave. It was like from as far away as we were sitiing you could tell the bears were miserable. I vowed never to go again. We took dd to cirgue last year. She is 5 and some parts kinda scared her a little it is not scary per say but they dim the lights eary music comes on the guy comes out he does not talk I think it was just a little much for her. Just aheads up if you have children who are kinda sensitive to that stuff maybe keep that in mind. We should have let her watch the specials on Bravo first, then got her feeling for it.
Never never never to the circus!!!! AcK! We did compromise our ethics yesterday and took ds to the zoo. We still feel bad about it, although he loved it (he is 14 months and loves animals so much). We thought rather than make in an absolute "NO!" type thing that will just make him want to go more when he is older (it is like the thing to do around here with your kids), we would try to educate him on the animals, and help him realize that our 4 goats have more room to roam then the 4 elephants pacing back and forth....
I feel the same way as you guys about taking my child to human performing circus rather than a animal based. Humans seem to have much more rights. I used to really enjoy the big cats in the circus when I was a child. I really love animals, and so does my son. We watch discovery channel but some day I would like to take him on safari where the animals don't live in captivity.... wouldn't it be great?