Do you think animals should be trained for our entertainment?

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  1. stuff4kids profile image60
    stuff4kidsposted 10 years ago

    Do you think animals should be trained for our entertainment?

    I'm not thinking of teaching Fido to roll over, I'm thinking more of travelling circuses, chimps tea parties, animals in the movies. Given the state of nature today, shouldn't we maybe show a bit more respect? Or is it sometimes okay - or always okay - to treat animals this way?

  2. profile image56
    threenornsposted 10 years ago

    if the training is done humanely and with respect to the animal's abilities and limits and the animal is being cared for AND the animal is one of a species that enjoys the attention, absolutely no problem.

    1. Melissa A Smith profile image95
      Melissa A Smithposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Great response.

  3. webdesignsbyapw profile image66
    webdesignsbyapwposted 10 years ago

    I think it's wrong to do this. They aren't in their natural environment. On top of that, animals are extremely sensitive to what's going on around them.

    1. ChristinS profile image40
      ChristinSposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I completely agree. How arrogant of humans to think animals should be ripped out of their environments and used for these purposes.

  4. lburmaster profile image72
    lburmasterposted 10 years ago

    Sometimes okay. The animals have to enjoy it and be treated fairly. However, then we would have to come up with a sense of rating happiness in animals. You can usually tell when dogs or cats are happy. But other animals can be more difficult to define.

    1. profile image56
      threenornsposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      oh, that's not difficult - an unhappy animal is not going to perform eagerly and willingly.  if the animal has to be cajoled, beaten, threatened, and tricked into performing, clearly it's not enjoying it.

    2. lburmaster profile image72
      lburmasterposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Not everything is black and white. Especially behaviors.

  5. duffsmom profile image60
    duffsmomposted 10 years ago

    No, I think training animals purely for our entertainment is cruel.  We take the inherent dignity of the animal away for our own amusement and I have a huge problem with that . And it is one of many reasons I have never been to a circus.

    1. profile image56
      threenornsposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      that thinking is arrogant in itself .  i would put money on it that once we learn how to communicate across species, the first thing we'll learn is how to swear in "dog", "cat", and "pigeon" and right after that will be dirty jokes.

    2. duffsmom profile image60
      duffsmomposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Well gee thank threenorns, what a lovely response.

  6. DDE profile image45
    DDEposted 10 years ago

    i don't agree on animals being trained for any entertainment it is wrong for animals to be treated this way. After all they are animals you can't change their character or habits  in fact one shouldn't even go to that point.


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