If it's not considered cruelty look consider this. You are a tiger or an elephant living in a small cage or chained by your foot. You are dragged from town to town by truck and used as a show off piece just for others to make money. You are fed what you are told eat when others fell you need to eat. You are taken out of your normal habitat. You have no life other that what others tell you are going to do. You get punished for doing things that are natural to your being.
Not cruelty? Clear your mind, it's doesn't get any crueler than this!
I definitely consider it cruelty. Even when you go to the show you sometimes see elephants getting whipped. I'll stick to my Cirque de Soleil.
Image if a man is trained by animals, how it will be ? The sameway I feel animals are trained by social animals for shows. Is it not ?
I'm sorry if I answer this incorrectly because I am not sure I understand your query but I don't even like animal shows.
However, dog or cat shows are usually pets essentially. Dogs and cats can be trained more humanely than an elephant or lion who could easily crush you...hence its easier instilling fear in them in order to teach tricks rather than using treats. Therefore, cruelty causes that fear.
In general, it's taking advantage of animals that should be living in the wild, and not caged up for our entertainment.
i agree. even if the animals are treated reasonably well, it is not ethical to make them get up and travel and do tricks for humans when maybe all they want to do is be free and lie around in the sun. plus, where do they get these animals in the first place?
I think it probably is most of the time, but it depends on which animals and what kinds of conditions they are kept in and what kind of training they are put through. Some animals seem to really enjoy being trained to do things, but a completely wild animal that can't be domesticated, like a lion or something, wouldn't enjoy it.
All I can say is go to PETA's website and watch the numerous videos of how circus elephants and other animals are treated and then say it isn't cruel. These animals are chained, whipped and poked with objects. They don't perform because they're having fun, they perform because they are absolutely terrified of the consequences! Do you know how many elephants Barnum Bailey circus has lost due to death of mistreatment of these animals? They are transported in these cages, in heat.....I could go on and on. This topic is very close to my heart and bless all of you that agree that it is cruel! I believe my next hubpage will be on this!
I definitely think it's cruelty. The only way you can get an animal to do unnatural things, i.e. a lion to jump through a ring of fire, an elephant to balance on one leg on a stool is by scaring the animals into submission. I used to work at a zoo and this was the opinion shared by all the zoo keepers. I no longer go to circuses that use animals as they don't deserve to be treated so cruelly for our entertainment.
I agree - it's much more interesting to go on a wildlife watching trip or visit a wildlife rehabilitation centre where the animals will be released back to the wild.
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