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post #41 of 47
we are going today. I bought tickets just thinking about how much my babe will love it. forgetting that it is mean to the animals. i will see how i feel after.
post #42 of 47
What timing, 2 days ago, Didn't want to go, but dh who can talk me into anything convinced me (somthing to do, right down the street). So we went, Thank You to the girl handing out fliers to remind of us of who we are, and what we were about to do. Needless to say we left, not without going and looking into the elephants eyes as he walked in a small circle with six children on his back. Our only reason for our going was to see excitement in our childrens eyes..we felt we could handle that... and it not be at the expense of the poor animals.
post #43 of 47
absolutely not.

cirque de soliel is a great idea (but expensive!)
post #44 of 47
No, I will never take my child to the circus. There are more animal friendly and equally fun ways to entertain children.

Go to Cirque Du Soleil...It's beautiful.

I have to agree that circuses with animals are just cruel. I have protested my share.

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The animals at the circus we went to where very well taken care of and seemed happy.
Well, the animals always seem taken care of and happy to the audience. What circus keeper is going to abuse the animals in front of the thousands of ppl who paid good money to see the show? And to me, no matter how well you treat an animal for entertainment, you are still using that animal for entertainment. An elephant's home is not in a ring with bells and whistles...he doesn't deserve to be caged and made to perform on cue. He should be in the wild where he belongs and is happy. It's a form of slavery if you ask me.

Kylix
post #45 of 47
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Originally posted by Kylix
An elephant's home is not in a ring with bells and whistles...he doesn't deserve to be caged and made to perform on cue. He should be in the wild where he belongs and is happy. It's a form of slavery if you ask me.
ITA.
post #46 of 47
I don't know about Cirqe de Soleil but in traditional circuses, the people are not treated so well either. There are children who do not choose to be part of the life but are forced to be there, and are not allowed to lead normal, child-type lives. They have to spend all their spare time doing unicycle tricks at the age of 3 and are not allowed to cry or take a break if they fall off.

These children also do not go to school or socialize with anyone outside the circus life. And they are exposed to CLOWNS!

(I don't know if this is true for all circuses, however.)
post #47 of 47
my 8 year old loved cirgue du soleil.

a couple of years ago i was in a small airport and a group of performers were there also. from talking to them they are treated very well. and it is a grueling audition process that takes a long time. these people are top athletes. i don't think there is much of the 3 year old forced to ride a unicycle type thing.
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