Many people believe circuses are all fun and games.
Many people believe circuses are all fun and games. Sure, it's fun to see all of the many animals and jugglers and tight-rope walkers complete their acts for us to see, but if you think about it, how could animals possibly do the stunts themselves? Recently, I had the opportunity to go and see a circus; my school had graciously given out free tickets to an act. My mom paid for the parking and we hopped out. Then something caught our eyes. A group of people from the Wild Animal Sanctuary were protesting against the circus we were about to enter! I quickly got my camera and started to question them.
They all were kindred spirits, I could see that as a start. They were all holding up signs and posters that indicated their disapproval. But the message could not have been clearer; Circuses are no fun for animals! My party agreed that circuses were nothing but cruelty to animals after what we heard. In the end, my family decided to forget the circus. Instead the very next day we took a trip to the Wild Animal Sanctuary ourselves to see and learn more about the animals and to watch the amazing creatures themselves.
Animals in circuses (mainly elephants, tigers, big cats, dogs, horses, etc.) are usually bred not in the wild, but in captivity. They are then separated from their mothers at birth, and taken to zoos, circuses, and other captive places that pay good money for them. Young animals ( let's use the example of elephants for now) are immediately trained for their future acts on stage. These acts are very unnatural and physically near impossible for any being to do, not to mention quite painful and difficult. Of course, the elephant infants don't know the routine, so they are prodded and poked to do so. Bull hooks and electric shocks that hurt very bad are often used on the animals.
After their part in the circuses are done, the animals must be released. But how? Since most animals were born in captivity ( as stated above) the animals are not accustomed to their natural habitat, they cannot be released into the wild again. That's where the Wild Animal Sanctuary comes in. Places such as this provide enough space and natural habitat for creatures to be free at last and do as they like; but the keepers feed the animals their food, because they never experienced it in real life nor taught by their mothers before captivity. These large stretches of habitat are probably what the animal in question will live in for the rest of his or her life.
These places like the Wild Animal Sanctuary are always in need of donations. They have many kids your age making huge differences for circus animals. You can help 'Break the Chain' by fundraising and personally talking to some of the owners. See what you can dish out. To get a better idea of what a sanctuary is like, go take a family trip to our local Wild Animal Sanctuary at 1946 County Road 53, Keenesburg, Colorado, or visit them at www.WildAnimalSanctuary.Org. Remember; circuses are no fun for animals, and you can help make a difference!