Should Circus Acts Using Wild Cats be Banned?
* Tigers (which are on the endangered list) and lions in circus acts must perform specific acts at precise times and “the show must go on,” positive reinforcement is not the only method used by circus trainers or night club magicians. Sometimes abuse happens.
* Often the cats are beaten, starved and confined for long periods of time in order to get them to cooperate.
* Life on the road means that most of a cat’s life is spent in a circus wagon, semi-truck, crowded box car, train or barge.
* These acts either show man dominating one of nature’s most magnificent creatures or are promoted as illustrations of the “special bond” the trainer has with his captive.
Circus acts are transient and often are a way of moving big cats across state lines or even in and out of the U.S. Because the endangered species protection acts are so poorly enforced, this transience creates a legal cover for the illegal importation and exportation of exotic cats. If a circus act leaves the U.S. with 10 tigers and comes back with 25, they can just say that the 15 additional tigers were born on the road – there is no way to prove it if they were taken from the wild. No U.S. government agency tracks the ages nor the individual cats in private collections.
You can help stop the poaching and the abuse by just Saying NO to the circus that use animals. This is just my opinion of course.
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I made this vintage style circus poster from a photo of my avatar dressed up as a tiger riding a unicycle holding an umbrella. No real tigers were embarrassed. You know anything is possible in Second Life.
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