Stop Entertainment Animal Cruelty!
In the case of animal attacks and escapes from zoos, circuses, and marine parks, official explanations are almost always at odds with the historical record. This is hardly surprising.
Circus animals often suffer from inadequate care. They spend most of their lives in small, dirty cages, released only to perform. Many circus animals are leased seasonably from dealers; so they go from one circus to another, providing little incentive for circus owners to keep them healthy. Their access to food and water is often limited, and they are provided with insufficient veterinary care. Circus animals cannot socialize with other members of their species. They are typically “cared for” by seasonal or temporary circus workers who have little or no experience caring for exotic animals.
Animals in zoos are forced to live in artificial, stressful, and downright boring conditions. Removed from their natural habitats and social structures, they are confined to small, restrictive environments that deprive them of mental and physical stimulation. While zoos claim to provide conservation, education, and entertainment, their primary goal is to sustain public support in order to increase profits.
Marine parks are like prisons to marine mammals. While whales and dolphins travel constantly 35 to 100 miles each day marine park tanks are sometimes as small as 24 by 24 feet wide and 6 feet deep. Animals can swim only a few strokes before hitting a wall. Thus they are forced to swim in circles.
In the wild, marine mammals are perpetually stimulated by their environment. In captivity, they have only manufactured seaweed. They cannot engage in their natural behaviors nor interact with members of their social group, for it is virtually impossible for captive marine mammals to maintain a family unit. They cannot act on their basic instincts. As a result, many engage in stereotypic behaviors, becoming abnormally aggressive, bored, or depressed.
In the wild, dolphins use echolocation to navigate, bouncing sonar waves off of other objects. In tanks, these sonar waves bounce off the walls, driving some dolphins insane. In spite of this, marine parks oppose efforts to release captive marine mammals back into the wild.
Rodeo animals are generally tame creatures who must be provoked into battle. They live lives filled with stress and fear. Contestants practice their games on numerous calves, bulls, and so forth, therein injuring and killing many animals before even entering the ring. A contestant's score is based on how long he can ride a struggling animal or how quickly he can overpower an animal. Sprains, broken bones, muscle pulls, saddle blisters, spur wounds, flank strap wounds, punctured lungs, broken ribs, hematomas, bruising, and broken necks are common. Wounded animals are quickly removed while the rodeo announcer distracts the public. The animals that become too injured to participate are sent to slaughter.
The greyhound racing industry over breeds dogs in an attempt to produce champions. Only about 30% of the newborns will ever become racers; 20,000-28,000 surplus greyhounds are destroyed each year.
Animals are not entertainers!
We are asking you to sign a petition for us so we can raise awareness in Government in order to stop this unfair and cruel practise being continued.