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Could the U.S. soon put an end to exotic circus animals?

America’s oldest circus shut down in 2017 after mounting pressure from animal right groups. What’s next in the fight against circus animals?

02/23/2018 4:21 PM

100 comments

  • Andrea D.
    03/07/2018 19:35

    Italy have not banned circus with wild animals !!! [email protected]&k !

  • Teri S.
    03/06/2018 23:53

    Circus animals are bred for indoor living; that means they are to be cared for by human beings who will protect them. While I understand an ideology that some people think innately wild animals should be free, it is not a viable reality in any possible sense. Circus animals are safe from people who want to hunt and kill them, they are safe from diseases that spread among herds, they are protected from dwindling habitats due to societal needs that destroy land, and they will never become some other carnivore's dinner. Circus animals, such as lions and tigers, are born in captivity; bred by people who want to further their understanding and development of the species. We all learn and care about animals by what we know about them -- and we learn about them by getting up close and personal. We can do that because of zoos and circuses. Whenever I hear the argument that trainers make a lot of money from these animals, I really have to laugh; do you know how much it cost to feed, house and provide health care for even one full-grown lion or tiger? I cannot give you a figure in Euros but in U.S. currency It can be thousands of dollars per MONTH. Multiply that by say, a pride of 15, and we're talking about roughly 250 thousand per year, give or take. So, those who say these privately-bred circus animals should run free, come open your wallets. How will you pay for them? Circus animals get better care than most people do. If anyone prefers not to see a show with animals, I would never suggest doing something that makes you uncomfortable. Don’t buy a ticket. But I hope you will take the time to learn the facts; talk to trainers and producers. Don’t listen to so-called animal rights groups that manipulate the public with lies and vitriolic propaganda. The truth is out there if you want to discover it. Thank you. I will not debate this issue; we all have our viewpoints. I respect those in opposition.

  • Darlene W.
    03/06/2018 12:29

    And when Mexico banned circuses with animals it also gave all of those animals a death sentence. There was no plan for them. Over 80percent are dead. Great job politicians and PETA! If they really cared about those animals they would not have just placed a ban without a plan. The circus owners of these animals were left with no way to feed these animals or even leave to the country.

  • Chris S.
    03/01/2018 00:10

    Good people are good to their children and their animals

  • Fatiha A.
    02/28/2018 22:15

    C'est malheureux d'utiliser les animaux dans les cirques vu toutes les catastrophes naturelles et la disparition de beaucoup d'animaux de la terre alors soyez plus sages à l'égard de ces créatures ça n'empêche de vous dire que j'adore les cirques mais sans les animaux 🙏🙏🙏🙏

  • Paul G.
    02/28/2018 21:20

    Release Dumbo

  • Chalupa C.
    02/28/2018 20:24

    I thought they already did. Weird.

  • Robert S.
    02/28/2018 18:31

    So let's say they treat them very well. Instead of taking animals that could grow up healthy in the wild, they could use animals that wouldn't survive in wild. I mean y'all keep pets... Minus those who actually serve a legitimate purpose for medical issues, yours are for entertainment.

  • Ayush S.
    02/28/2018 18:31

    First put an end to war in Syria.. There are matters much more important than this right now..

  • Felicia F.
    02/28/2018 17:49

    https://www.facebook.com/felicia.w.frisco/posts/1261062540639111 undercover abuse..

  • Grigoriu R.
    02/28/2018 17:05

    I support circus with (both wild and domestic) animals. Animal Rights = Neo-Marxist extremism. "Green" is the new "Red".

  • Uzaib R.
    02/28/2018 16:55

    Why you people don't see the dying children and people od Syria, Palestine, burma, kashmir. Only because they are Muslims? Now its clear who ia real terrorist.

  • Rosa S.
    02/28/2018 16:01

    ESTA MIERDA DEVEN PROHIVIRLOS,ANIMALES MALTRATADOS

  • Curtis L.
    02/28/2018 14:23

    To the people who have pets and bribing lawmakers to banish Critters in Human Care and Entertainment into the brink of Extinction, wanna banish Critters? Start with YOURS, HYPOCRITICAL BRUTers!!!

  • Khilji A.
    02/28/2018 14:20

    What about sriya :(

  • LeeAnn L.
    02/28/2018 13:17

    I am very sad that animals are used for others enjoyment and not their own quality of life.

  • Jimmy D.
    02/28/2018 13:05

    But no one tries to stop the senseless brutality and murder of Amerucans by the police in this country but can shut down a circus foh

  • Marty D.
    02/28/2018 12:55

    Just recruite freaks from san Francisco and set the animals free.

  • Dai Y.
    02/28/2018 12:21

    see it's not impossible

  • Madison C.
    02/28/2018 10:58

    Its actually sad. Circuses with Animals in modern day do not abuse their animals. Now, They have to follow the law of course when it comes to enclosures or husbandry tools. Not to mention, Most circuses with Animals have change the shows to a more educational background. If you want to "Free the Animals" - Better stop being a HYPOCRITE and Free your own animals you keep for your own amusement.. It is pure Animal Rights propaganda that the Animals are mistreated & Its sad that the public gives in to it. The Animal Rights Extremists are now in our politics, and federal positions so they have more power. First, Circuses, Zoos, Aquariums will be outlawed. Know what comes next? Your own pets being taken and the Meat on your plate. This isn't about just circus Animals. Its all animals at risk of either extinction or the end of humans interacting with them ever again. I was a blind Animal Rights follower and I saw their true agenda and sickening ideology. Please wake up. Please support Animal welfare, not "animal rights". Don't donate to PETA. Donate to Conservation funds. There's a major difference!

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