The Big Top Is the Big Bottom for Circus Animals

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The Big Top Is The Big Bottom  for Circus Animals

The circus is in town to entertain us. Trailers with monkeys and tigers arrive and park on the side of the road or pull into the Big Top. You can’t miss them. It is certainly something very different to see. Totally out of normal experience.  We look.  But what do we see?

For children, the circus introduces them to the world of exotic animals. This world seems limitless and magical under that Big Top. Acrobats defy gravity. Clowns with big rubber shoes amuse us. Tigers swat and roar. Bears dance. The space is to fascinate and to awe. We begin our enchantment with exotic animals. The circus is where the romance begins…

The depths of abuse and cruelty behind the applause of the circus performance are being exposed by many international animal welfare groups.  PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) states: “Animals used in circuses live a dismal life of domination, confinement and violent training.”  IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) hold rallies with banners: “Respect Existence or Expect Resistance.”  IFAW’s mission is bold and clear: “Our vision is a world where animals are respected and protected.”  Is this vision possible?

One asks: If you could free him, where would he be released?

 ¿Y si lo pudiera liberar donde do soltaria?

The shrinking natural habitats of our planet are evidenced in mainstream America by wild life breaking into our residential neighborhoods. Bobcats, coyotes, and even wolves are destroyed as nuisances and pests.  Globally, wild life are squeezed from their natural habitats. They are hunted, slaughtered and sold for consumer vanity and for sport. We continue to endanger many species in our oceans, on our prairies and in our forests. The numbers are shocking.

The Endangered Species Act of 1973 protects and enforces the laws to stop the ruthless extermination of our precious wildlife.  Animal advocates work hard locally and globally to bring about awareness to the rights of animals so that we can live in respectful harmony with nature.

One asks: If you could free him, where would he be released?

¿Y si lo pudiera liberar donde do solatria?

Out from under the enchantment of the Big Top, we learn that the real world isn’t as big as we thought.

Continue to support efforts to protect and preserve our wildlife and our planet.

To learn more about the life of circus animals and what animal welfare groups are doing about it, visit:

A Canadian group for the rights of circus animals can be visited by clicking

To become active in causes that support animal welfare, visit

To see how our votes cancelled an NRA sponsored  hunting show, “Under Wild Skies,” go to

To view The Endangered Species Act of 1973 online,

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3 Comments on “The Big Top Is the Big Bottom for Circus Animals”

  1. Jim Wood
    September 30, 2013 at 9:41 pm #

    Reblogged this on Time for Action.

  2. October 1, 2013 at 1:58 am #

    Reblogged this on incipientactivist.

  3. October 6, 2013 at 1:00 pm #

    The question you ask is a good one… PETA in particular are known for ‘liberating’ animals, only to put them down! For another side to the story, visit

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