Circuses and animal performances

Animal performances?

Many animals all over the world are trained to perform various acts for human entertainment. Examples of this would be elephants doing handstands, dancing bears and monkeys riding tricycles.

What is so bad about animals performing?

  • Animals are kept in small cages
  • Animals are subjected to a poor diet
  • Negative re-enforcement is used to train animals such as hitting them with sticks
  • Frequent transportation of animals
  • High exposure to stress
  • Natural behaviours are beat out of the animals
  • No normal social interactions between animals

What are some better ways to see animals be entertaining?

  • Go anywhere with macaques, sit in a human populated place and watch the mischief they get up to
  • Watch wild dolphins play
  • Get a puppy, throw it a ball
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Photo by: Laurene Heuguerot

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