Is the Circus Dead?

WHAT IT IS

WHY IT MATTERS

This seems to be the end of the circus, a tradition that has been traveling across America since the 1800’s. Moreover, there are now 19 circus troupes using animal performances with new legislation pending regarding the use of animals in the circus. Profit for these circus companies remains in question as an icon was forced to shut down after removing animals from the stage.

  • SAD TIMES: “Circus Will Be Missed”

    • Learning experience:   The circus provided a close up view of many exotic animals to people all over the world.
    • A loss:   Visitors of the circus are saddened by the end of iconic Ringling Bros., but have hope for the future of the circus.
    • Not guilty:   The Ringling Bros. won the court case questioning the treatment of their animals.
  • HAPPY DAYS: “End Must Be Celebrated”

    • Intelligence removed:   Animals born in captivity retain natural behavior, which is then corrupted by the circus training.
    • Victory:   Animal activists believe the end of Ringling Bros. is a victory for animal rights.
    • Not entertainment:   Activists have protested animals in captivity for as long as the circus has been performing.

WHERE WE ARE NOW

THINGS TO THINK ABOUT

  • Are there ways to make a circus safe for animals?
  • Should the animals go to another circus?
  • What happens to the human performers?