Animals should not be used for
entertainment at circuses. Animals are used to perform numerous acts like riding bikes and hurdling objects. The animals are forced to perform.  Animals a part of touring circuses suffer physically and mentally in these unnatural environments. I want to stop the use of animals for entertainment. This campaign will reveal to truth behind how animals are treated and housed while performing for travelling circuses around the world. If we stop the use of animals for entertainment then animal free circuses can be implemented and wild animals won’t have to suffer.

Animals are
consistently treated cruelly. It’s hard to believe that trainers use whips, tight collars, muzzles, electric prods, bull hooks and other painful tools of the trade to force animals to perform. Animals forced into circus environments are unpredictable. Every major circus that uses animals has been cited for violating the minimum standards of care. It’s terrible to see that 11 months a year they travel over long distances in box cars with no climate control; sleeping, eating, and defecating in the same cage. Virtually 96% of a circus animal’s life is spent in chains or cages. Circuses are repeatedly cited for using trailers that have splintering wood and sharp, protruding metal pieces near animals' cages. Cases have been reported where tigers which naturally fear fire, are forced to jump through fire hoops in some circuses and have been burned while doing so.

In more than 35 dangerous incidents since 2000, elephants have bolted from circuses, run amok through streets, crashed into buildings, attacked members of the public, and killed and injured handlers. Since 1990, there have been more than 123 documented attacks on humans by captive large cats in the United States, 13 of which resulted in fatal injuries. This is all as a result of the way the animals are treated within the circus.

It is unfortunate that during the off-season, animals used in circuses may be housed in small traveling crates. They suffer in such confinement and it has harmful psychological effects on them. These effects are often indicated by unnatural behaviour such as repeated swaying, and pacing.

Change needs to be implemented
because the animals in circuses deserve to live in a natural environment away from captivity and abuse. Animals are kept in tight enclosures and changed both mentally and physically as a result of the way they are treated. All due to the confinement and conditions in these circuses the animals experience unhealthy psychological effects. These effects are often indicated by unnatural behaviour such as repeated swaying, and pacing. Living conditions in circuses cause severe stress and frustration to non-domesticated animals, leading to abnormal behaviour such as pacing by big cats, head bobbing by elephants or mouthing cage bars.

Children are getting the wrong message about how to treat animals. Showing kids that wild animals can be dominated and used as objects sends the wrong message about controlling other beings. It is well known that children who abuse animals are much more likely to be aggressive toward humans. When they become teenagers, they often experience behavioural problems at home and school. As adults, they continue to display violent tendencies and may engage in criminal activities. We do not want to promote this disturbing behaviour.

When parents take their children to the circus, they indirectly send them the message that animals are objects to be used, and that it is ok to ignore any pain and suffering that the animals might be experiencing. These children may grow up lacking empathy, or the ability to understand the feelings of others. If they are unable to recognize when someone else is in distress, they will have difficulties getting along with people and will struggle in the long run.

Animal circuses need to be
banned and animal free circuses need to be further implemented. By not going to animal circuses and supporting animal cruelty stands it will increase the chances of Governments banning animal circuses. This will then ensure that animal circuses stop for good and wild animals used for human entertainment will be free to live their natural environments.

Governments need to gather and agree on environmental policy and animal welfare related issues. Decisions made in international conventions and agreements often substantially influence wildlife conservation and animal welfare as they guide international and national policy and legislation. These international agreements and organisations can define principals for protecting animals and habitat that may be implemented worldwide. Slowly, but increasingly, governments recognise that animal welfare must be explicitly addressed at the global level.

Banning Animal circuses will allow innocent animals being used for entertainment to be freed back in the wild. Animals will be free in their natural habitats clear from harm and abuse. They will not have to suffer all year round in small boxes and crates while travelling with minimal food and water.

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