Times change. What was once accepted is often seen as wrong or immoral. It is difficult to look at our own society today and try to reflect on what may be viewed as cruel in the future. However, some things are already changing. The treatment of animals, in particular, is something that is seen as in need of improvement generally. While changes are being made, the laws in place are often not up to scratch to protect animals. In particular circus animals often face terrible conditions and go unpunished. Let’s take a closer look.
We all remember our first circus years ago. Seeing a lion jump through a ring of fire, an elephant balance on a small stand, a monkey dressed in an outfit walking a tightrope. At the time it all seemed so pleasant and beautiful but then we were young and knew no better. Looking back now all we can think of is how were the animals made to do such a thing? What cruelty went on before that we were not shown. While some circuses suggest positive reinforcement is the only technique used to train animals, it has been shown not to be the case in many circuses. Animal cruelty is rampant in places like this. The sad thing is that this type of treatment still goes on today. While some countries and states are starting to act against it. More need to.
In May 2019, the secretary for the environment in the UK announced a move to ban all live animals from traveling circuses. The landmark move would be a huge defeat to the ongoing cruelty taking place. The plan will be debated and put to vote soon but it is hoped it will go through without issue.Many other countries have now banned wild animals in circuses. Peru and Mexico are two examples where wild animals are not allowed to take part, but no such legislation exists in the USA. A bill has been brought to Congress on several occasions but has yet to pass. The public needs to voice its opinion on the matter and be heard for real change to take place. Talk to your local representative and understand what the legislation in your state is and then, take action.