[OPINION] Turn Your Back On The Circus

Area residents who care about animals should think twice before buying a ticket to the Kelly Miller Circus – or any circus still using animals.

Federal laws allow for animals in circuses to be kept in cages in which they can barely move. There is no requirement for grass or greenery, or for animals to be allowed to feel the sun or breathe fresh air. Elephants, camels, tigers, horses, and other animals are hauled around in fetid, stifling tractor trailers from one venue to the next. Conditioned to obey and behave like robots or face the painful consequences, these depressed animals go through their days with no hope, no relief, and no joy. Elephants would never perform grotesquely atypical behaviors like headstands on command without the constant threat of punishment.

Parents and grandparents, don’t teach your little ones that cruelty to animals is okay. Turn your back on the circus. Readers can learn more at www.PETA.org.

Jennifer O’Connor
PETA Foundation
Norfolk, Va. 

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