Wild animals do not belong in the circus: activists have achieved a ban on the use of animals in performances
Wild animals do not belong in the circus – according to activists, and for several decades they have been campaigning for the rejection of the use of exotic animals in circus performances. However, we have heard their arguments only now: just the other day, the new York city Council signed a ban for the use of wild animals in performances and thus gave a great example to follow around the world.
One of the main arguments against such a ban was the belief that without wild animals, the circus simply cannot be called a circus, and it is simply not possible for children to see such exotic animals outside of it. However, it is needless to say that this belief has no basis at present. Perhaps forty years ago it was so, but today there are excellent zoos (provided, of course, that the zoos themselves are well treated animals), where the animals are created conditions as close as possible to their natural habitat.
“We are campaigning both in the past and now, for the safety of animals, for treating them as people themselves,” says a representative of the new York city Council. – “And this law should ensure such an attitude at the legislative level. Animals should live in nature, not in small cages, and certainly should not experience cruelty from humans.”
Cruelty is always discussed when the conversation turns to non-domesticated animals. Wild animals by nature are not able to obey, and therefore any tricks performed by them on the stage, unfortunately, are achieved using the principle of “carrot and stick”. And alas, many trainers believe that the “whip” in this process should be an order of magnitude more. “We hope that with this law, new York will change the history of attitudes to exotic animals in circuses around the world,” says an animal rights adviser.
“For years, tigers, monkeys, elephants and other animals performed tricks at circus shows in new York, and this brought them a lot of suffering. We want the story of exploiting innocent animals to end here, ” says the adviser. “Both the public and the government should see that the animals in the circus are victims, not volunteers.”
For those who object that the circus will simply die without wild animals, there is always an example of Cirque du Soleil performances – the most magnificent shows without animals, based on acrobatic tricks and the beauty of human movements. Such shows gather huge halls all over the world – and such performances are truly unforgettable.
But if in new York the problem of cruelty to animals was solved at the legislative level, then in other cities and countries, alas, there are still many institutions that require intervention. Last year, Four Paws International rescued dying animals in an abandoned zoo in a war zone. Read about how this happened in our article ” there is Hope.”