Animals in the circus: harmless entertainment?
Animal circuses are still popular in some countries, including in the former Soviet Union. Meanwhile, more and more people refuse such entertainment, and in some countries (Belgium, Austria, Greece, Ireland, Cyprus, Latvia, the Netherlands and others) circuses using wild animals are already banned. What are circus trainers accused of and is it worth supporting circuses with animals?
In the photo: elephant in the circus. Photo: flickr.com
Circus animals go free
On the Internet, you can increasingly see touching videos about how former circus animals are released. And the movement for the liberation of wild animals that “work” with circus artists is gaining more and more strength.
In Russia and Belarus, there are also protests against circuses using animals. Zoodefenders distribute and paste leaflets, urging the public to abandon such entertainment.
In the photo: leaflet for circuses without animals. Photo: google.by
Are animal circuses really so inhumane? Let's figure it out.
Are animals in the circus happy?
There is an international concept for assessing the well-being of animals (including wild ones) that have turned out to be a chance in the care of humans. This also applies to circus animals. This is the concept of five freedoms, which clearly spells out the conditions under which living beings should be kept. Are five freedoms respected in the circus?
- Freedom from hunger and thirst.The public cannot see how well the animals are fed and whether they have constant access to water. However, animal rights advocates who conduct investigations claim that often “artists” are starved to “motivate” for work, and support these allegations with evidence. That is, this freedom is NOT satisfied.
- Freedom from discomfort. The animals in the circus are kept in cramped cages, constantly suffer from noise, do not have the opportunity to fully relax, inhumane ammunition is used. Freedom is NOT satisfied.
- Freedom for the implementation of species-specific behavior: the animal should be able to live as close to natural conditions and behave in accordance with the species. Even the most ardent circus protector will not argue that this freedom is NOT satisfied.
- Freedom from injury and disease. Performances in the circus - a traumatic occupation, you can not argue with that. Do animals receive quality treatment? According to animal rights advocates, no.
- Freedom from grief and suffering. Circus training is a cruel thing, evidence of which is a lot of filming with a hidden camera (zoodefenders are not asleep). So this freedom is definitely not satisfied.
That is, one does not need to be a genius to understand that animals in a circus live, to put it mildly, not sweetly.
Is circus dressing humane?
Sometimes circus trainers claim to work “humanely”, but is this possible when it comes to wild animals?
Firstly, humane training is possible only if the animals as a whole are provided with high-quality content and at least minimal comfort. Circus animals cannot boast of this.
Secondly, wild animals, unlike the same dogs, have not been selected for millennia on the basis of loyalty to humans and the desire to cooperate with him. They are inherently afraid of people, strive to avoid contact, and certainly are not happy to fulfill human whims, and even in the midst of a deafening noise and under bright light in the circus arena.
To animals "work", they are forced to do so. What methods? Everything is described and shown in detail on the sites of animal protection organizations; it is not worthwhile to provide such descriptions here, so as not to shock readers.
In the photo: trained tigers in the circus. Photo: google.by
So the conclusion is clear: circus dressing of wild animals is not humane.
What do you think about animal circuses?