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#31 of 47 Old 04-01-2003, 11:40 PM
 
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everyone's covered the animal aspect...so i'll give a different perspective. i used to work at Madison Square Garden, and the circus/ice show/whatever-kid-show came around regularly. i would never take my kids to those shows for a few reasons:

1. they are a big ripoff. the tickets, food, and unrelated junk they sell are ridiculously expensive.

2. it's all about getting you to buy stuff. there are stands EVERYWHERE with the stuff displayed so that the kids will beg for it. and it's pretty much the same stuff for every show/circus, all of it complete junk.

3. these shows are complete madness. you will leave frustrated and exhausted. trust me, i remember how ragged the parents looked. your kids will leave upset, too, cuz you aren't likely to buy everything they want.

4. these circuses/shows are fairly generic and lack creativity. there are far better, more interesting, and educational things to do with your time and money.

anyway, there's $.02


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Well said mshollyk! Thanks for the reminder. Sometimes we think we are doing something nice for our kids when all they really want is our time.
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ughhhh NO absolutley NOT! My boys will never go to a circus I think its unfair to the animals and would not pay a penny to support them!
I remember a few years ago sitting with my family watching a circus and glancing over to see the elephants and they were chained and looked really sad, and they kept moving back n forth as if they were confused or wanted out! I dont blame them

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1. they are a big ripoff. the tickets, food, and unrelated junk they sell are ridiculously expensive.

2. it's all about getting you to buy stuff. there are stands EVERYWHERE with the stuff displayed so that the kids will beg for it. and it's pretty much the same stuff for every show/circus, all of it complete junk.
That's so true. Friends of ours recently got us tickets to see some Disney on Ice show, and it was fun for my dd and her friend, but I was horrified by the amount of stuff available for purchase! I mean, when I was a kid, there were those $2 lights you could swing around, and then the food. Well, not only were there stands every twenty feet or so selling a huge array of overpriced crap, but the vendors came into the arena and walked up and down the aisles with it, too.

Fortunately neither my dd or her friend expected stuff and were happy to just watch the show. I mean, sure, dd asked for something, we said no, that the tickets cost a lot of money and that we had come to see the show, not buy toys. She's pretty good at accepting that for an answer because we always stick to that rule (yes, we're those pooper-type parents, I guess! ), but it does bug me that the stuff is even there. And then you see all these other families blowing a ton of money on it.

I see that at the movies, too - I mean, if we go to a full-price show, it costs $24.50 for dh and I to take dd to a movie, and sheesh, that's plenty. I see these parents buying all sorts of candy and soda and popcorn for their four kids and figure that this one trip to the movies could be setting them back about 60 bucks!
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When I was a police cadet, one of the more demeaning jobs I got was to escort a bunch of unruly kids to a circus.

Why would anyone need a police escort at a circus? Well, I soon found out! I think there is something about a circus that just brings out the worst in people.
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yeah, other than the WWF, the circus was the hardest event to work...

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Why would anyone need a police escort at a circus? Well, I soon found out! I think there is something about a circus that just brings out the worst in people.
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I just found out the "special treat" for ds's kindergarten class is a trip to the circus. UGH! Luckily they're not letting anyone bring spending money. Maybe I'll use it as a teaching thing. DS knows a lot about wild animals, so I'll let him know how circuses treat wild animals. I hate to spoil his excitement and anticipation, but he's old enough to know the truth.

Personally I think circuses, carnivals and the like are such an antiquated, creepy, dark form of entertainment. Why does the school perpetuate the idea that they are fun? There is a great aquarium right next to the arena where the circus is held. Why don't they go there instead?
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Maybe you could educate the teacher as well about the circus and get the field trip changed, tufted?

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We will absolutely not go to a circus. I cannot abide by their unnatural training and often cruel methods. I only wish everyone would boycott and run them completely out of business!

However, in defense of "small" zoos. Our zoo is a wonderful place with a rehabilitative hospital for injured wildlife, we have the youngest zoo manager in the US and he does a fabulous job.
Tues. are free and many day cares, adult day programs, elderly programs take advantage of that day. There are bird shows which teach children the importance of wildlife, ecology, and the eco-system. We are very blessed to have such a wonderful zoo in such a small community.
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We have gone to a circus that came to a town near us. Dd #1 has yet stop talking about all the animals she saw there, so much better that looking at pictures in a book. The nearest zoo to us is 4-5 hours away so we have only gone there once.

The animals at the circus we went to where very well taken care of and seemed happy.

I do agree though the food and toys are way to much $$$ at the circus.
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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.
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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.
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absolutely not.

cirque de soliel is a great idea (but expensive!)
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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.

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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.
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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.)
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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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