Things That Kids Can Do To Help
***SKIP THE CIRCUS--AND THE RODEO***
Performing animals have very difficult lives.
They travel thousands of miles each year under stressful conditions.
like tigers and bears often have their teeth and claws removed so they cant strike
They often learn their tricks by being prodded or beaten.
are afraid of being hurt, they perform stupid and sometimes dangerous tricks.
Elephants dont normally do headstands.
Wild animals dont enjoy
Can you imagine what it must be like to be forced to do
something you dont like twice a day and then to be kept alone in a small cage
between performances? It would be a stressful, sad and lonely life.
The website http://www.circuses.com is a superb source of information on circus cruelty. Warning! Some of their pages may be very upsetting to look at.
Rodeo animals also suffer.
are tied tightly around the bellies of horses and bulls in order
to make them so
uncomfortable they buck and thrash around.
The calves who are roped often get hurt
Rodeo animals are transported all over the country in cramped trucks
to perform for people.
If you see performing animals, use this
checklist to note any problems:
Are the animals wearing chains and muzzles?
Are they wearing silly costumes?
Does the trainer use a whip?
Do the animals have sores, cuts, or scars?
Are animals forced to jump through flaming hoops? (Animals are afraid of fire).
Do they look happy or sad?
How many unnatural and dangerous stunts do the animals perform, such as riding bicycles,
skating, dancing,walking upright and balancing on balls?
Send your checklist to the local paper with a
letter asking others to boycott the event. Or ask your teacher to have a discussion
group or let you write a paper about what youve seen.
When the circus or rodeo comes to your town,
write a letter to the editor of your newspaper. Your letter will give many people an
idea of what happens behind the scenes.
You can also ask the cruelty investigator at
your humane society to look for problems behind the scenes, like animals in cramped, dirty
stalls, or animals who have been whipped, shocked or beaten.
You dont have to go to the circus or
rodeo. By not paying to attend, youre casting a vote. Youre saying
you wont spend your money to support activities you dont believe in.
Support circuses, like Cirque du Soleil, that
do not use performing animals to entertain people.