Animal Amusement Parks

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Engrossed in believing that circuses and animal amusement parks are places of enchantment, many are unaware of what is happening behind the scenes. Major companies like The Ringling Brothers have been around for 146 years, giving elephants and other animals an extensive period of suffrage. In 2016 it came to the company's attention that most of the states in America had become anti-circus, leading to the retirement of the iconic elephants. Building a 200-acre center was an act put in place to better support and take care of the elephants that would no longer take part in the shows. However, not all organizations are truthful and careful about protecting the rights and safety of the animals used for programs. Unconcerned for the well-being of…show more content…
Animals and humans are constantly getting hurt for the purposes of entertainment. For example, in an article done by Sirs, it states, "In 2010, a trainer at the park named Dawn Brancheau was drowned in an accident. This happened when one of the park's orcas, also called killer whales, pulled her under the water" ("SIRS Discoverer"). In SeaWorld, there have been many reports on the concern for the safety of the trainers and orcas. Death is a price both humans and animals are paying for entertainment. "According to a 2016 investigation by the San Antonio Express-News, 60 percent of orca deaths at Sea World's three parks were caused by infection. The report also found that, in the past two years, eight whales and dolphins have died at the San Antonio park, and in the past 30 years, 150 infection-related deaths occurred at the park's three locations" (Gibbens 2017). Orcas have died in the process of creating entertainment for viewers. Some deaths were unstoppable and others could have easily been solved. With the many killer whales killed at SeaWorld, there is no way to reverse the pain caused by the company further understood as despicable creatures created by fortune. The safety of both animals and humans have been at risk for long enough, the cry of animals are loud but the deafness of success is even…show more content…
However large animals are confined in small spaces when kept in captivity for circuses. With little to none movement, a large elephant is forced into a narrow cage. "The animals, most of whom are quite large and naturally active, are forced to spend most of their lives in the cramped, barren cages and trailers used to transport them, where they have only enough room to stand and turn around" ("Circuses: Three Rings of Abuse"). As humans, the fear of claustrophobia is accepted and respected by many, but for animals used in programs, these fears have become a reality. In an attempt to create a captivating show, several animals are forced to live a life of pain and fear. Several animals are forced to live this life of fear and pain as a result of those who will pay money to experience a "captivating" show. "A 2004 PETA investigation revealed that Walter was being kept in a dark, barren, concrete pit filled with garbage and was being sustained on a diet of dog food and rotten produce" ("Animal Actors"). After an appearance in a show or movie, the animals are disposed of inhumanely. A chimp named Walter was kept in a cruel and horrible environment after retiring from acting. Saving these animals from those who are driven by money is a responsibility given to each person. The decision to stand up is up to
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