I recently got on my soapbox about SeaWorld and the scientific reports that whales held in captivity suffer both physically and psychologically. Now I will get on my soapbox again, to say the same for animals forced to perform in circuses across the globe.
Responding to widespread public outcry, Ringling Brothers has decided to retire all of their circus elephants. This is a definite step in the right direction. However, there are a number of lesser known circuses in the United States, and even more in other countries, who utilize tigers, lions, elephants, zebras and other wild animals.
BoredPanda recently reported on this heartbreakingly malnourished, bald tiger who was recently rescued from mistreatment in a traveling circus. Fortunately Aasha the tiger is now flourishing at an exotic wildlife sanctuary.
It’s baffling to me that there are still people purchasing tickets and bringing children to these types of circuses. Thanks to the movie “Blackfish“, increased awareness of the captive Orca whale’s plight has prompted widespread boycotts of SeaWorld. We can only hope that will start to be the case for circuses who showcase exotic animals for human enjoyment.