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Stop forcing animals to perform for humans

The big top – that’s where the “magic” happens, or so we are told. While the show may be entertaining, with its bright colors, sounds and animals galore, it comes at a high price for the animals used in circuses across the country.

Many circus representatives will defend their use of animals because they claim the animals are “well cared for” and “never abused.” What they still fail to realize (or admit) is that even if these animals are not outwardly abused, neglected, malnourished, etc., they are still being forced to live under conditions that are not natural to them and to perform merely for human entertainment. This is not only selfish, but abuse in and of itself.

If animals could speak, I doubt they would express pleasure in being confined to small spaces, chained or caged for the majority of their lives, or being forced to move and act in ways that go against all that feels safe and natural to them.

Oh, and lest we forget, if after years of this mistreatment, a poor animal “snaps” and God forbid causes another animal or human harm, it is the animal’s fault and clearly something wrong with the animal, not the circus, right? I think not.

Meghan M. Dahlgren

Hamburg