When the lights came on and the elephant parade made its entrance, my toddler was rapt, I nearly cried with joy, and my newborn–well, he fell asleep…but everyone else was really, really excited.
As we were leaving, however, I noticed a protest of the use of animals in the show.
When I got home, I did some research, and all the available information seems so biased, I just can’t make up my mind! I’d love to make the circus a family tradition, but I also don’t want to support animal cruelty.
I am an animal lover, and I also happen to be a vegetarian (though I have no issue with others eating meat), but I do not think that captivity is prima facie cruelty. So, if anyone has some relatively objective and recent information about the lives of these animals in the major circuses (good or bad), I would really love to hear more.