Can you imagine how you would feel if you were constantly finding yourself in unfamiliar places being made to perform tasks that made you uncomfortable in order to be able to eat?
Circuses boast the breeding success of endangered species, but the conditions provide stressed and difficult relationships between these animals, including those between mothers and babies. Unlike zoos (which we do support), any animals born into the circus life will never been released into the wild. Their babies will be doomed to spend shortened lives performing for profit just like their parents before them.
The aspects of the performance tasks are also so unnatural. Animals are being forced to do "tricks" that go against their instincts and body structures which is what makes the performances so "impressive." I would much rather watch animals be animals, wouldn't you?
It truly breaks my heart that so many families will celebrate as the train is unloaded today and the shows start this week. As my children get older, I will explain to them why we don't pay to watch animals perform for our entertainment. We have a choice and a voice. The animals don't.