For many people, a visit to the circus is a welcome distraction from everyday life.
With the animals in the circus, on the other hand, it looks completely different.
They suffer from constant transport, inadequate and unsuitable husbandry conditions and from training that is based on violence and coercion.
Lifelong for your entertainment- Four Paws
Which animals are allowed in the circus?
In Germany in 2012, a total of more than 900 wild animals were kept in 141 of around 330 traveling circuses – camel-like animals are not even included here.
According to a recent EU-wide survey, Germany is the country with the most wildlife circuses, with an estimated 75 circus companies.
Nevertheless, there is so far no law in this country that fundamentally prohibits or even restricts the keeping of animals in the circus.
The Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) presented a draft for a ban in autumn 2020, but it falls far short of the mark, as only the acquisition of certain species of wild animals in traveling circuses is to be banned.
Bad housing conditions and inadequate controls
In particular, a circus can never meet the demands of wild animals on their natural habitat.
Violent dressage, tiny cage wagons and constant transports characterize the life of animals in the circus.
Constant changes of location and stressful transports
Up to 50 changes of location per year and the associated transport are associated with great stress and physical strain for the animals – especially for large mammals such as elephants, rhinos or giraffes.
Animal-friendly keeping of wild animals is impossible in traveling circuses because the basic needs of these animals cannot be met.
Large animals in particular are transported in special, but much too small transport vehicles – often in an unhealthy posture. Even after arriving at the new location, the animals are often kept in the transporters for longer periods of time.
During the frequent transports, the animals are often exposed to noise and unfamiliar climatic conditions without protection.
Lifelong suffering – too small prisons, too little exercise
Most animals are naturally very active. In the circus, however, they spend most of their lives in tiny transport cages, boxes or enclosures that are much too small.
Elephants in the circus are tied to two legs every night and sometimes also during the day – instead of being able to go on kilometer-long hikes with their families in the great outdoors, like their conspecifics.
Even horses, which are actually running animals and need a lot of exercise, are rarely allowed to leave their boxes and transporters in many circus establishments.
Children should not go to circuses with animals
Animal circuses teach children dangerous values. It is necessary to instill compassion and empathy in children, that is, the ability to empathize with someone else.
Children learn in the circus that it is supposedly okay to lock animals up for their entire life and to abuse them for entertainment.
They do not learn there that animals are living beings with feelings and needs that, like us, experience stress, fear and pain.
In the circus, children do not get any real knowledge of animals – the only purpose of the circus is to entertain people. And at the expense of the animals.
It is the responsibility of parents to raise their children to be compassionate people who do not want to harm any other living being.
And I mean…The relationship between the circus trainers and the animals is similar to that between torturers and their victims.
In German circuses, elephants, big cats and other animals are shown to paying visitors.
Before that, they are trained with brutal methods so that they obey the commands of the tamers and perform “tricks” in front of the audience.
The dressage of wild animals in the circus is always based on violence and coercion.
Elephants are tortured from babies.
They “train” them with electric batons, blows, sticks with hooks that pierce their skin, ropes and blows.
The grapple is used by striking with force in the most sensitive areas of the elephants: face, trunk, inside of the ears, haunches and joints of the legs, as a method of causing submission out of fear.
They teach them – literally “with blood” – what to do, how, when and where, all by force of blows and mistreatment; in addition to making them suffer by distancing them from their mother from the moment they are born.
For centuries people have exhibited wild animals in zoos and circuses, where most animals lead a sad existence in narrow enclosures and on chains.
It is time for the human species to evolve. Which would mean to finally respect the right of other animals to life and liberty
My best regards to all, Venus