As a concerned member of the global community along with many others, it was a milestone to hear of SeaWorld’s recent decision to effectively stop using orcas as circus performers.
By surrendering to public pressure on this topic it reflected a new awareness of the rights and intelligence of other species and the ethics in exploiting these animals for human entertainment.
And so it is with other animals. Presently the status quo remains with several circuses in Australia that use elephants, tigers, lions and non-human primates in this way. The permits which allow this to happen are issued from the office of the Department of Primary Industries.
I am running a petition on care2 petition site to bring public support to the plight of these animals in the hope that a sufficient number of signatures may persuade the Australian government to abolish these permits.
I have included a copy of this petition below for your perusal:
Abolish permits which still allow Exotic Animals to be confined in circuses :
Target: To the Honourable President and Members of the Senate in Parliament Assembled
The issue of circuses using wild animals is very complex and includes cruel and inhumane training methods such as brutality, deprivation, the use of whips, electric goads, chains and spikes.
These animals also suffer greatly being transported over long distances in small cages or tethered, often subjected to extremes in temperatures.
The practice of using animals in circuses where they’re unable to express their natural instincts and behaviours is not consistent with current trends in environmental awareness.
The sad reality of circus life for these magnificent animals means that they are permanently caged or tethered when not performing.
It is WRONG to encourage the message to children that it’s acceptable to view these animals as objects of amusement, forced to perform degrading tricks for humans, instead of sending the correct message that these animals are to be respected as part of our planet’s conservation and heritage.
If people are intelligent and have any conscience at all about the ethical treatment of animals, any support regarding the signing of this important petition would be much appreciated.
While there are many groups opposed to this archaic practice, unless permits for this hideous activity are abolished this form of animal cruelty will only perpetuate.
Gabrielle Smith, Forster