Circus reveals more about human animal than circus animal

Animal Blawg

Gene Bernofsky photo, World Wild Film Expedition.org

Kathleen StachowskiOther Nations

Much has been written about circus animal exploitation, and those who care to know, do know. We know about the trauma of capture and separation. The abusive training. The extreme confinement in trailers, cages, and chains–lives so impoverished that animals lose their minds. And the fruit of that suffering: brief minutes in the ring where defeated animals perform unnatural, coerced acts for cheering throngs. We know about the suffering when things go as planned, and the suffering when things go awry.

But this piece is about the other animal–the one who wields the whip and bullhook. The animal who clutches kids with one hand and circus tickets with the other. The animal who profits off the misery of “lesser” beings in the name of charity. In short, the animal who determines the fate of all others.

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One comment on “Circus reveals more about human animal than circus animal

  1. Pingback: When The Circus Comes To Town | Sunset Daily

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