So what? Someone might ask.
Nothing striking? Nothing disturbing? Well, I find this leaflet extremely saddening. Elephants, giraffes, camels, watusi cattle, llamas, kangaroos, ostriches, horses… Animal slaves abused and tortured just to give people a few minutes of entertainment. And to make money for the owners of the circus. I guess everybody has been to a circus at least once in their life. I’m not an exception here. I was there as a child. And I think I enjoyed the show. That was a long time ago. Today I can assure you I’m not going to take my child to such a circus. Why?
Elmar Osterberg, a former animal trainer has said: “If people knew what happens to animals backstage this colourful circus world, they would never go to a circus again.” (source: www.lodz.viva.org.pl)
Who’s guilty? The circus owners, the animal trainers? Yes, but not only. If you buy a ticket to see a circus show with animals, YOU share the responsibility for the animals’ pain. As long as people want to watch it and want to buy the tickets, the business will be going well.
I believe it is possible to make an interesting circus based only on people’s skills and talents. And I think it’s high time for people to start being more humane and stop abusing animals for sheer entertainment. There are countries, like Switzerland or Austria, in which circuses with animals are forbidden and cannot even enter the country. How about Poland? Is it possible to introduce such a law in our homeland? What do you think about this issue? I’m looking forward to your comments. And please, if you find such a leaflet in your letterbox – don’t go to this circus. Throw the leaflet away into the nearest bin…