April 2 marks the 91st anniversary of the birth of the famous Soviet circus artist, tiger trainer, representative of the legendary circus dynasty Walter Zapashny. He passed away 12 years ago. The performances of Walter, as well as his sons Askold and Edgard, were probably seen by many, but the General public is unlikely to know what happened behind the scenes. What deadly cases occurred with predators, and who from the circus dynasty was behind bars, ruining someone else’s life and breaking their own fate, – further in the review. 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