Wednesday, 10 November 2010
My Letter Regarding Circus Animals
The following letter was printed in today's Morley Observer and Advertiser:
Agree with animal ban
I agree wholeheartedly with the call to ban wild animal acts in travelling circuses (‘Help ban animal act’ letter, Morley Observer and Advertiser, 3rd November 2010).
I believe that transporting wild animals around the country and forcing them to perform for the amusement of a circus audience has no place in a civilised society.
Even with the best will in the world it would be extremely difficult to ensure the safety and well-being of animals such as lions, tigers, and elephants, which spend their lives on the road with a travelling circus.
The cases of wilful cruelty towards performing circus animals that have been exposed by the Captive Animals’ Protection Society strengthen the case for an all-out ban.
As well as calling for a change in the law, people have the option to vote with their feet and refuse to attend circuses that use wild animals, such as the one that was in Tingley recently. Local schools should acknowledge that we have a responsibility to do what we can to prevent cruelty to animals and teach their pupils why it is unethical to force wild animals to perform in circuses. Schools certainly should not be sending children home with flyers for such circuses, as at least one local school did recently.
My criticism is aimed only at circuses that use wild animals and is obviously not aimed at circuses and their performers in general. Circuses can be a fantastic spectacle and are truly worth visiting if you get chance. They contain some of the most exciting and raw live performances in the world.
Happily, many circuses do not use wild animals. Those that do should remove animals from their acts and concentrate instead on showcasing the feats of human skill and endurance for which circuses have become renowned throughout the centuries.