Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Today's Anti-Circus Post
This post has nothing to do with dogs, but I think any animal lover would agree that boycotting the animal-act circus is something we should all get behind. I mean, cruelty lawsuits aside, can you look at the above picture of Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus' current act (scheduled for Madison Square Garden in New York later this week) and not feel some sense of outrage? THIS IS NOT 1920s AMERICA, PEOPLE – we don't need to dress up wild animals in costumes and make them do tricks against their will. We've got cable TV now.
Ringling Brothers producer, Kenneth Feld, has stated in U.S. District Court that the (endangered) Asian elephants in their possession (there are 57), are struck with metal-tipped prods (the notorious bull hooks) and often (though more covertly) electric shock devices called "hot shots" in order to "protect circus workers." Here's a safety tip for you, Ken: maybe if you didn't make the elephants stand on stools under bright lights or keep them chained up, they wouldn't feel compelled to trample your sorry ass. Just a thought.
BOYCOTT THE CIRCUS
Federal Lawsuit Against Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus for Elephant Abuse Goes to Trial