Whenever there is news about a circus the first thing you should look for is whether of not there are any animals involved. Nowadays, there are some outstanding circuses with not a single being involved but human beings. And for the most part, they hopefully get to choose why they are there in the first place.
But if there are animals involved, never go. Tell your friends, neighbors, colleagues, simply everbody to not support this animal cruelty.
Twenty years after hosting an event that resulted in one of the biggest circus tragedies of all time, the Neal S. Blaisdell Center in Honolulu plans to open its doors to wild animal acts again by hosting the Moscow International Circus in October. On that devastating day in 1994, Tyke, an African elephant, fled from the arena after killing one person and seriously injuring another, then frantically ran through the streets of Honolulu, injuring 12 bystanders before ultimately being shot to death with 86 bullets. While the circus is leaving elephants out of its show, other wild animals—including big cats—will be used. Captive big cats kill an average of one person every year and injure 10 more. Even the best, most experienced handler cannot predict a wild animal’s behavior. The use of big cats in circus acts is not only dangerous but also cruel. Lions and tigers endure just as much abuse in captivity as elephants do. They don’t naturally jump through fiery hoops or balance on their hind legs. Instead, they are beaten into submission and forced under the threat of punishment to perform these unnatural and confusing tricks. Whips, tight collars, muzzles, and sedation are often used to control the animals, and they are punched, kicked, whipped, and screamed at when deemed “uncooperative.” When these intelligent, frustrated animals rebel against the abuse, they attack trainers and sometimes lash out at bystanders, which the Blaisdell Center witnessed when abused and frightened Tyke fought back.”
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