Letters to the Editor

Circus not 'best show on earth'

I believe that animals should be removed from the circus.

For one, the circus trainer uses cruel methods to train an animal. There have been many cases in which an animal has been harmed and even killed. Once a mother elephant was beaten for 23 minutes straight while having to stand on one leg in New Haven. So if you enjoy watching an abused tiger jump through a hoop or a sad elephant stand up on his hind legs, you should know what the poor animal has to go through.

Second, animals that belong to the circus are poorly taken care of. Most of the time, animals are squeezed in a small cage for hours, and sometimes the animals are on short chains for a long, long time. So think about how the animals are treated before you ooh and ahh or laugh hysterically while you watch a sad animal do their trick and then is taken off stage to be chained up or put in a way-too-small cage.

Next, a lot of people do not like having animals in a circus. Many people are against having animals come and entertain. Some cities don’t even allow having animals perform in an act.

Even Sweden prohibits the use of most animals in a circus. So if many places have already banned having animals in a circus act, why don’t they just ban it everywhere?

Finally, Ringling Brothers had to pay a fine of $20,000. A baby elephant named Kenny died after a show because he was overworked. So if they’re fined once for animal cruelty, why not prohibit them from using animals?

So if you enjoy the circus and believe it’s the “Best Show on Earth,” you should consider the fact that they abuse animals.

Erika Gilbert

Federal Way

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