Abuse of Animals in the Circus
Since the beginning of the modern day circus in the early 20th century millions of Americans have enjoyed the performances by both the people and the animals that perform for our entertainment. However, the audience is blinded by shock and awe of the show from what really happens behind the curtain. Animal cruelty, poor living conditions, and lack of legal regulation scars the animals and becomes very dangerous to the overall health of the animals and those who are around them. The mistreatment of animals in circuses has been occurring for far too long, and new laws need to be implemented in an effort to prevent future acts of cruelty toward these animals.
“Virtually 96 percent of their lives are spent in chains or cages,” and “11 months a year they travel over long distances in box cars with no climate control; sleeping, eating, and defecating in the same cage,” as stated by PAWS, Protective Animal Welfare Society, is one of the many organizations that strives to protect animals right and sheds light on this horrific situation that should be stopped at once. This is an insight of what the animals have to endure just for our entertainment. PAWS also discuses when these animals are eventually allowed out of their cages they undergo “extreme ‘discipline’ such as whipping, hitting, poking, and shocking with electrical prods,” for training purposes to ensure that the performance goes without any complications. The transportation of theses animals is cruel and unusual no matter how it is looked at.
The traveling circus changed over the course the years with modern technology making it easier to move theses animals more efficiently, however the conditions of what the majestic animals must go through has not improved. The main problem with transportation is the toll it has on the animals’ health. For instance, according to PAWS elephants are known to carry TB, tuberculosis, which is easily spread to other animals and people who are around the animals. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, describes TB as a bacterium disease called Mycobacteriym tuberculosis. CDC also says; The bacteria usually attack the lungs, but TB bacteria can attack any part of the body such as the kidney, spine, and brain. If not treated properly, TB disease can be fatal.” This is just one case of why laws need to be passed to stop this kind of abuse that circuses keep getting away with. According to animalequality.net the elephants aren’t the only ones who are affected by improper transportation, “Circus tigers have shown a wide range of abnormal behaviours (coping strategies), whilst travelling, including stereotypic behaviours such as pacing, which increased as transport duration increased.” This leads to the tigers becoming uneasy, changes in their temper, and poses problems for the trainers getting the animals perform without any conflicts. These are wild animals, circuses claim to only use tamed animals, but since these...