Most people go to circuses, zoos, or marine parks because they “love animals” and have no idea what happens behind the scenes or how unnatural it is for animals to be captured, confined, and forced to perform for our entertainment.
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Undercover investigations have shown that elephants, tigers, and other animals on the road with Ringling Bros. and other circuses are electro-shocked, beaten with long metal rods called “bullhooks,” and denied proper veterinary care. Animals used in circuses spend most of their lives chained inside boxcars and never get to live freely with other animals, as they would in the wild.
Life in a zoo isn’t much better: Animals often live in barren enclosures—hundreds of times smaller than their homes in the wild. To make money, zoos breed animals in order to have babies to showcase, and sometimes older or less popular animals are even shipped off and replaced with cuter ones.
Even under the best of circumstances at the best of zoos, captivity cannot begin to replicate wild animals’ habitats. Animals are often prevented from doing most of the things that are natural and important to them, such as running, roaming, flying, climbing, foraging, choosing a partner, and being with others of their own kind.
Zoos teach people that it is acceptable to interfere with animals and keep them locked up in captivity, where they are bored, cramped, lonely, deprived of all control over their lives, and far from their natural homes.
Similarly, marine parks like SeaWorld give orcas and dolphins nothing more than what is essentially a concrete bathtub to live in. Forced to perform for large, noisy crowds, orcas become frustrated, bored, and aggressive.
If zoos, circuses like Ringling Bros., and marine parks like SeaWorld really cared about animals, they would let them live freely in the wild and wouldn’t force them to suffer for profit. You can show these industries that YOU care about animals by never purchasing a ticket to a zoo, a marine park, or a circus that uses animals and by spreading the word to your friends and family
Petition to support ‘last animal circus’
( If this petition is launched & you love animals; please don’t sign it)
The promoter of what is being billed as “the last animal circus” in Malta is planning to launch a petition in favour of the genre.
Pressure to ban animal circuses from the island has grown over the years. Last summer an overwhelming 94 per cent of those who took part in a public consultation exercise said they believe all animals should be banned from circuses.
Animal rights activists have staged repeated protests arguing that animals are often beaten during the training process.
And in the last Budget it was announced that a White Paper would be issued on banning circus animals.
Local circus organisers have always insisted that the animals they use in their shows are not ill-treated.
In the face of this trend, two circuses – an animal and a marine one – will be set up in Malta in the coming weeks.
The Viviana Orfei circus, featuring tigers, horses, hippos, zebras, camels and ostriches, among others, is at Gżira this weekend. Its promoter, Silvio Zammit, said in a statement that this was the last opportunity to see an animal circus in Malta.
However, on Facebook he said a petition would soon be launched in favour of animal circuses, in reply to one person who thought they had already been banned.
In his statement he said the animals were born on the circus and formed part of the circus family. Animal cruelty, he added, was totally condemnable.
Petition to sign against using animals in circuses:-
Circus tigers give birth on way to Malta
Animal circuses are accompanied by controversy every time they come to Malta at Christmas time.
But this year’s circus at Gżira came with a twist after two female tigers gave birth to six cubs on their way to Malta.
The cute twist is unlikely to fend off criticism from animal lovers who feel animal circuses are wrong. But as the cubs whine under the watchful eye of their mothers the Viviana Orfei circus owners insist the birth of the cubs is proof of the good care they give animals.
Born in captivity, the owners argue the animals know no better. “They are part of our family,” they insist.
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