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November 30th, 2011, 07:41 AM
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USDA fines Ringling Bros. Circus over treatment of animals - CNN.com

Well I say it's about dang time.

Do you think this is justified? Too harsh of a penalty? Too lenient? If you could have your way, what would be the solution?
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November 30th, 2011, 08:02 AM
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I think that they definitely need to be looked into and watched carefully. I won't go to events where animals "perform". I can barely stand to go to a zoo and look at those poor tigers pacing back and forth in a tiny cage. If it were up to me all those performing and exhibit animals would be placed on a (legit) preserve where they can live out the best life possible, aside from living in the wild. They should definitely treat zoos the same way and if they are cracking down on this then it needs to be everywhere, including people who claim to have animal preserves and wildlife sanctuaries.
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November 30th, 2011, 10:16 AM
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I think that they definitely need to be looked into and watched carefully. I won't go to events where animals "perform". I can barely stand to go to a zoo and look at those poor tigers pacing back and forth in a tiny cage. If it were up to me all those performing and exhibit animals would be placed on a (legit) preserve where they can live out the best life possible, aside from living in the wild. They should definitely treat zoos the same way and if they are cracking down on this then it needs to be everywhere, including people who claim to have animal preserves and wildlife sanctuaries.
Agreeing with this. Some Zoos out there are only looking for Money, not for the interest of the Animals. There's a zoo that I know of that realized that White Tigers draw a crowd and now they interbreed their poor tigers so much that while they have a bunch of White ones, they are all so mutated it's just sickening.


It's about time someone got after the Circus.
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November 30th, 2011, 12:47 PM
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I think it's good. I've never been to a circus and will never go because of what goes on behind the scenes.
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November 30th, 2011, 09:40 PM
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I've seen the elephants at a few circus's and I've always felt sad for them. And don't get me started on the cages for the tigers at the zoo we took Reme too.. Seriously my hotel room is easily 2 or 3x bigger than the cage for 3 full grown tigers.

If they are mistreating animals, then I say yes, fine them.
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December 1st, 2011, 09:44 AM
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Hhhmmm, I haven't really been to any bad zoos that I can think of. Zoo Atlanta is pretty good actually and has tons of space. There are some sections of it where you have to get on a ride to go out and see the animals in their grazing grounds.

But the circus ticks me off. Thanks to zoos, circus animals aren't rare and exotic novelties to us anymore.
Some of the things the circus does is Ok. The acrobats are obviously not abused animals, and the trick riding horses are usually pretty well taken care of. Horse training doesn't require a bull hook like elephant training, and horses have been domesticated for thousands of years. But bears riding bikes and elephants doing whatever silly things they're supposed to do are just not cool.
I think the circus should stick to acts that only involve humans and humanely treated domesticated animals.
Oh, and no more clowns.
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December 1st, 2011, 02:37 PM
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I honestly say it depends on the circus. Some things are ok. Others probably not. If it is anyway harming an animal it should be stopped IMMEDIATELY.

I do however like the circus personally and I don't mind it. I do mind when they use whips though. But the circus I have been to he didn't have a whip in hand.

I agree as well, in a perfect world a large sanctuary is a better fit. We however are not in a perfect world, and thats why we see mothers forcing their babies into pagents. But that however is another topic.
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December 1st, 2011, 09:39 PM
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I won't support or advocate animal cruelty with my dollars or presence, so you won't catch me at any circus that feature animals. (Aside: Cirque D'Soleil is TEH AWESOME)

To the PP: Even if there was not a whip in sight during the show, rest assured, the animals endure nothing short of absolute abuse during training. The elephants, for instance, begin training very young and are trained using bull hooks end electric cattle prods. The animals are confined in very small spaces and many are usually chained.

This link: Citations and Other Problems | PETA.org
lists all the circus organizations and, if you click on the name, will take list the citations each has received, as well as animal deaths and dangerous incidents.
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