So there I was, browsing the Irish Blogs aggregator thingie, when I came across this animal rights site. The reason it caught my attention was that the campaign being posted about is an anti-circus one.
Since the launch of our campaign with Animal Defenders International we have been able to show the public the true findings of a secret investigation into the dark, cruel side of circuses
Personally I haven’t seen any of these secret investigations, but for the sake of argument lets pretend I have. *imagination turned on*
So now I’m conflicted. I’m totally opposed to animal cruelty, and would hate to see any animal mistreated, but come on, the only reason to go to the circus is to see the animals. Heffalumps and performing dogs are the attractions. Not the clowns. Not the acrobats. Sure they can be entertaining, but if there isn’t an elephant it isn’t a circus.
So a question for the animal defenders people, is it the abuse you want to stop, or jut animals in circuses?
If it is just the abuse then I think a campaign to have an organisation something like they have in the film industry would be more useful. You know that disclaimer that goes on the end of films that have had animals, like the American Humane’s “No Animals Were Harmed” statement.