The life of a circus animal is one of boredom, trauma, hunger, and isolation. The Los Angeles time writer Chris DeRose expressed that animals “often exhibit abnormal behaviors, such as pulling out their fur, incessant swaying and bar biting” due to these awful conditions. In the article “Ringling Bros End Is a Win for Animals” the author Chris DeRose explains the pain animals go through during their lives in the circus. It starts off when the animas are babies. The author described in the article that, “many are taken from the wild as babies and watch as their parents are slaughtered.” Other animals are born in the facilities and have never experienced the wild or known freedom.
In addition, they are chained for a long time whether they were traveling or not. Great British Circus, elephants are shackled up for 11 hours continuously as an inspector from CAPS has stated in 2007. (Captive Animals' protection society, 2010). Animals have to eat, drink, sleep and do everything in these small cages. Taking in consideration that these cages are not qualified for animal usage for several days.
Most circus animals do not realize they are being abused because it becomes a daily part of their lives for many years. Animal abuse is displayed in the novel Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen by describing the animal’s living conditions and how the trainers treat them compared to circuses in current society. Passive animal cruelty is an indirect way of animal abuse,
Circus animals are never meant to be pets, to be locked up in a space and let out only for shows. 96% of a circus animal’s life is spent in chains or cages. Worst, in most situations, they are cramped in a really tiny space to eat, rest, excrete and live all their life. This is really unhygienic and can cause numerous diseases that can harm their life. They are living things; they have every right to live their lives in their natural habitat as all of us do.
Moreover, researchers define zoos as public parks which presenting animals. (Cited in Jamieson,1985). Although some people claim that Zoos, aquariums and circus violate animal rights and should be shut down to liberate animal from the captivity, many proponents believe that Zoos, aquariums, and circus have important benefits in amusement and education. According to Encarta ( 2003), an animal should be liberated from the captivity and get their freedom. There is a moral presumption against keeping wild animals in captivity.
First, these animals are dangerous and they can end up attacking their owners. Secondly, these animals are born in the wild, and are meant to remain in the wild because they will have enough exercises, and get the right food. In addition, chimpanzees and tigers are unpredictable and they can end up attacking their owners or anyone near them. Therefore, people should not be allowed to keep exotic animals like chimpanzees or tigers as pets due to the severity of the issues they can cause, and the problems they have with their owners. Therefore, keeping exotic animals should be banned completely because, the number of injuries and diseases reported to be caused by exotic animals are on the rise, and the death tallies are even much
Animals are being badly used in circus in order to entertain the viewers and make them laugh. Without thinking that it is a living creatures like you have the right to live freely. Animals must be free in their forest and wild life. And not to mess with food chain or the natural balance of wild life. As a result, it might put many spices in the risk of extension.
Captive animals are deprived of everything that is natural and important to them. Bull riding has become a very famous activity. The riders are not only taking the animal out of its normal surroundings but also putting them in much physical danger. Circus animals will never receive the same experience as they would in the wild. It should be illegal to use animals for sports and entertainment because many times it is cruel to the animals.
The circus may be fun to watch, but the animal treatment is very cruel and harsh. Ninety-six percent of animals that belong to the circus spend their whole lives in cages and chains (Enjoying the Circus?). Occasionally, the animal is allowed out of its contained space, but it will face brutal punishment if it engages in natural behavior. Sleeping and eating are also difficult for the animals. They are placed in small containers that lack temperature control and are constantly traveling and moving.
Peta.org explains “Elephants typically walk up to 30 miles in just one day, but Lucy, the lone elephant at the Edmonton Zoo, is locked inside a barn… spends most of her time indoors…”. This doesn’t exclusively apply to elephants, but to most animals living in Zoos. Limited space provided per animal prevents them from thriving in this environment. Additionally, this leads to health concerns due to the restricted movement allowed, including health problems like arthritis. However zoos are not only causing physical harm, but psychological harm, leading animals to develop a deep depression.