Behind the Stages of Circuses and Aquatic shows.

We Don’t Need Any Stinkin’ Animal shows.

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Circus Animals

Circus animals are trained through fear, abuse, and punishment. Trainers use whips, tight collars, muzzles, electric prods, and bullhooks. The latter is how elephants are trained to stand on their hind legs and twirl.

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Aquatic Shows

From September 1 -March 31 every year, the water in the Cove of Taiji, JAPAN is ground zero for the capture of dolphins for the entertainment industry.

Advocates for the Sea

But something is being done.

What You Can Do

The capture and enslavement of these animals is a result of a demand in the entertainment industry, so the solution is simple:

  • If you want to observe animal behavior, go to a sanctuary, a wildlife park, on safari, or out into the wild blue ocean. If you want to see how an animal lives then it’s best to do it in their natural habitats. And you get the added bonus of being outdoors.
  • Spread the word. Now that you know, tell other people. Many people are unaware, perhaps blissfully, that this type of abuse exists. Seeing is believing.
  • Let your Congressman know you support TEASPA, HR 1759, also known as the Federal Circus Bill. It has done well, but public support will improve its chances of advancing. Lawmakers may not be aware of how many of their constituents are animal rights advocates. Remember: animal welfare isn’t a partisan issue.
  • Login in to Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project. Take a look at his Latest News and different ways you can help.
  • Another organization that supports keeping dolphins and whales safe and free is the Whale and Dolphin Conservation.
  • Join an animal rights group. PETA is one of many and was instrumental in fighting Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus for years. World Wildlife Fund, Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), and Big Cat Rescue are just a few that are dedicated to the welfare of animals.

Marilyn is a writer, yogi, and spiritual medium. Her favorite people are animals, especially ones that meow. She loves the ocean and hates one-use plastic.

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