Animals are used
in many ways to entertain humans, but what these practices often
translate into is abuse and exploitation under the guise of
well-intentioned adults patronize these industries by visiting
and/or bringing their children to circuses, rodeos, zoos and
aquaria, behind the scenes many of the animals involved are
trained and/or confined in insufferable manners.
Their rights are drastically compromised and they are
forced to behave in completely unnatural ways out of fear. As an
example countless circus and rodeo animals are shackled,
live in tiny and
filthy/disease-laden living spaces, and receive limited veterinary
care. They are also
routinely chained, whipped, beaten, subjects of electric prodding
as well as food deprivation, and forced to entertain while ill.
Unfortunately these industries are not subject to oversight
from regulatory bodies, and much of this mistreatment occurs
during training and away from the public eye. As such, many
patrons are either unaware of this everyday mistreatment or
dismissively ignore the fact that these animals are constant
subjects of cruelty and greed.
instinctively it seems reasonable that animals in entertainment
would not willingly want to jump through hoops of fire, ride on
bicycles and stand on their heads, live behind glass or perform in
front of noisy crowds.
Most of the animals involved are highly social creatures, now
living solitary lonely existences far away from their natural
countries in the European Union (e.g.
as well as
have already begun to ban or restrict the use of animals in
should learn from these examples since there is no place in a
democratic and compassionate society for such well-documented
examples of abuse.
forms of animal entertainment have unfortunately become a mainstay
in our society and therefore remain unquestioned. As responsible,
caring citizens we can boycott the use of animals in the
entertainment industry (e.g. zoos, aquariums, rodeos, circuses,
etc.) and patronize non-animal venues such as Circque-du-Soleil.
As long as there is demand in these lucrative businesses they will
continue to exist. You can also become an advocate for these
defenseless creatures, as these industries require greater
governance and regulations to put a stop to these unfair
are entitled to kind and respectful treatment.
for Animals opposes the use of animals for the sake of
entertainment and supports the practice of keeping them in their
natural habitat free from harassment.
Please contact Coalition for Animals to see how you can