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Circuses - A Bit Of Fun Or Cruelty?
 
# 1 : Friday 25-3-2016 @ 13:42
 
 
So I was on another Internet forum about animal cruelty in circuses. It seems that many if not most circuses still keep animals to perform - often in terrible conditions.

Personally I think circuses are an anachronism that belong in the 20th century but have no place in the 21st. Am I a killjoy or are circuses truly well past their sell by date?
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# 2 : Friday 25-3-2016 @ 19:32
 
 
Nothing wrong with being a killjoy if there is a rational moral basis man.

I'd be more inclined to agree (a) animals should not be subjected to cruelty or harm for the pleasure of people and (b) the traditional circus that relies on point a would be better off to cease.

However I think there is much to be said for the endorsement of animal-free, solely human based circus performance, or at least what it has evolved into.
Case in point; Cirque De Soleil. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/820011/posts

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# 3 : Friday 25-3-2016 @ 19:35
 
 
Even as a kid, circuses always creeped me out...just something about them that gives me the willies.
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# 4 : Friday 25-3-2016 @ 22:26
 
 
Someone said :
Even as a kid, circuses always creeped me out...just something about them that gives me the willies.

I know where your'e coming from. Clowns always creeped me out.
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# 5 : Saturday 26-3-2016 @ 09:31
 
 
Would hope that the end goal would be banning of all animals from circus'. The protesting is getting very ugly also

How are wild animals trained to do these "tricks"? There has to be a complete fear and broken spirit for wild animals to perform like this.
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# 6 : Saturday 26-3-2016 @ 12:48
 
 
Even as a very young child i remember feeling bad for the Animals. Long before i knew anything about Animal rights/cruelty.. They had a very sad look in their eyes.. When i read these days about tourists being killed in Thailand or India by elephants, or Orca's killing trainers etc. I do not mourn for the Person, but for the Animal that was driven too such action..
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# 7 : Tuesday 29-3-2016 @ 15:03
 
 
It depends on how the animal is treated.

The problem with circuses is, "training" first involves starvation and physical assault until they are psychologically broken and by today's moral standards this is a completely bankrupt and disgraceful way to treat a living creature.

The only circumstances in which I find it morally acceptable to train animals (in the context of performing stunts for spectators), is if the animal can be trained with "treats/rewards" separate to a responsible diet and safe, comfortable living i.e., primates, canine, dolphins and certain species of birds (and perhaps a few others). Sometimes, for example if captured to receive veterinary treatment, these animals can be 'trained' as part of physical rehabilitation as well as a way of keeping them busy psychologically while in captivity.
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# 8 : Tuesday 29-3-2016 @ 15:05
 
 
But yes, circuses with the likes of lion tamers with a whip and a chair, is a dark and miserable thing that should be long since relegated to history books.
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# 9 : Wednesday 30-3-2016 @ 21:27
 
 
Someone said :
So I was on another Internet forum about animal cruelty in circuses. It seems that many if not most circuses still keep animals to perform - often in terrible conditions.

Personally I think circuses are an anachronism that belong in the 20th century but have no place in the 21st. Am I a killjoy or are circuses truly well past their sell by date?

Since they stopped the freak shows, circus have really not been what they used to be. At least we will still have Corridas and Zoos for a bit of civilized perversion.
And if ISIS has its way, we might even relive the finest hours of the original Roman Circus games. (Lions may still have their revenge so)
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# 10 : Wednesday 30-3-2016 @ 22:11
 
 
There should be zero animals in circuses. Regardless of how they are treated it is cruelty to keep them in confined spaces. Zoos (good zoos) at least have room for the animals to run around. Wild animals in circuses don't get to run around and spend their lives in cages being transported from one location to the next.
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