Animals aren’t actors, spectacles to imprison and gawk at, or circus clowns. Yet thousands of these animals are forced to perform silly, confusing tricks under the threat of physical punishment; are carted across the country in cramped and stuffy boxcars or semi-truck trailers; are kept chained or caged in barren, boring, and filthy enclosures; and are separated from their families and friends—all for the sake of human “entertainment.” Many of these animals even pay with their lives. This campaign is important because the laws change and wild animals are protected, the needs of wild animals can be met, because they won’t be travelling and be chained or beaten. Using animals in entertainment means removing them from their natural habitat, keeping them confined in cages, and engaging them in unnatural behavior, all for human amusement. Is in no way right! 

Using animals in entertainment spectacles means removing animals from their natural habitat, keeping them confined in cages, and engaging them in unnatural behaviour, all for human amusement. There are variety of entertainment venues where animals are used, particularly circuses, zoos, and aquariums. Circus training for animals is soften brutal and dangerous. Training methods can include use of beating clubs, electric prods, and deprivation of food. Less than 10% of the approximately 2,800 animal exhibitors licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture are accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums! An accreditation mean official recognition and approval of an exhibitor by experts. Many circus animals travel -- for 11 months a year -- in box cars without temperature control, nor separate spaces for sleeping, eating, and defecating. Horses are often injected with cocaine and other illegal drugs to disguise the pain they might feel during races. Sea animals such as whales and dolphins are accustomed to traveling distances of 40 to 100 miles in a day, but when confined to a tank, they instead begin swimming in static patterns. Wild animals are not meant to be in entertainment it is not their natural environment. Animals are meant to be out in the wild where they belong not where the entertainment industry thinks they belong. 

We need change because wild animals are not only removed from  their natural environment, they are treated cruelly. 

Circus animals have the right to be protected and treated humanely under the Animal Welfare Act. Trainers use whips, tight collars, muzzles, electric prods, bull hooks and other painful tools of the trade to force animals to perform. Circuses also place unnatural demands upon animals – making them perform confusing and bizarre tricks with the aid of whips, collars, muzzles, electric prods and more. Why does a tiger have to jump through hoops and why does a chimp have to wear a skirt and ride a bike 

Some wild animals can be on tour for 11 months at a time and when they aren’t ‘acting’ they are chained up, literally drives them to go crazy. During calf-roping events in rodeos, a calf may reach a running speed of 27 miles per hour before being jerked by the neck to an abrupt stop by a lasso. This event has resulted in punctured lungs, internal haemorrhaging, paralysis, and broken necks. During a typical cockfighting tournament, one-third to one-half of the birds are killed. Winners as well as losers suffer severe injuries including broken wings, punctured lungs, and gouged eyes. There is minimal state and federal protection for animals used in entertainment. Many of the animals used for human amusement are not even covered by the federal Animal Welfare Act. 

Animals used in entertainment can become dangerous. They become dangerous because they are treated bad and their needs aren’t met so they become agitated and aggressive. Animals in and zoos and other confined areas cannot exercise, explore, play, forage and socialize in a way that they are meant to and they start to exhibit abnormal behaviour after a time. Frustrated by years of beatings, bull hooks, and shackles, some elephants snap. In more than 35 dangerous incidents since 2000, elephants have bolted from circuses, crashed into buildings, attacked members of the public, and killed and injured handlers. Many zoos purport to keep animals caged in the name of conservation. However, the prime aim of all zoos is the display of animals. 

The cages are designed with the visitors in mind and not the animals. For things to change we as a community could start by signing petitions to stop animal circuses in areas where they’re not yet banned, educate others (especially children) about why animal circuses are cruel, organize a community boycott of animal circuses when a show comes to town, encourage animal-free circuses to perform in your area, write letters to your local officials to prevent circus permits in your region. So, in conclusion we all need to come together and stop wild animals from being used for entertainment.

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