When the famous Barnum circus came to America in 1884, its chief star was “The most striking example of all possible miracles in the last 50 years.” This “example” was a boy from Russia, covered from head to toe with hair. At that time, such performances were not uncommon, but it was really unusual to see children in them.
As the Barnum circus ad told us, the boy was found by hunters in a remote Russian village. Continue reading
Traditional circus with animals often causes resentment among animal rights activists. Animals in such circuses often do not have access to nature and spend their entire lives in small cages, forced to perform tricks and punished for disobedience with lashes or stun guns.
Some countries have even officially banned the use of wild animals for entertainment shows — for example, in the Netherlands, Ireland and Mexico. Continue reading