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Are You Not Entertained!?!
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Are You Not Entertained!?!

Rodeos, zoos, circuses, horse racing, dog racing.

It just cannot be right to subject animals to confinement and forced performances for our entertainment. I understand that guidelines have been introduced over the years to protect the animals. These are more likely from an investment perspective than any real concern for the animals’ safety and comfort.

I am fairly certain that rodeo handlers and circus trainers have not changed their operating procedures enough to matter from any individual animal's point of view. I am nearly 100% certain that they are not using today’s ‘positive reinforcement’ training techniques that are in vogue for dog training.

Each individual animal being roped or ridden, herded or prodded neither knows nor cares how long a tradition these entertainment events are, or how things used to be worse. He or she knows only that they are, at this moment, being forced and hurt. They are scared and pissed off. I doubt they know real happiness. Who among us would like to live like that?

It is not our point of view that should be debated as much as that of the animal. What would the animal want? Isn't that the only question?

Image credit: Tobias Akerboom (at hutmeelz)

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  1. Fifi Leigh
    Fifi Leigh
    yeah, i have signed many petitions as well as written many online animal rights articles to stop rodeos, dog racing, horse racing, and animals used in circuses. I can tolerate zoos more because it is like a natural park environment, where kids and adults can enjoy the beauty of a variety of animals. I just hope the zoos nowadays are hiring professional and knowledgeable workers who are properly taking care of these animals. nowadays, many people tend to be very lazy and careless with their jobs that animals are often neglected, whether intentional or out of pure ignorance. I don't even care much for dog and cat shows. I feel it is exploiting and using these poor and helpless animals for entertainment, kind of like child actors.
    1. Mark T
      I'd love to see some of your letters Fifi.
  2. Veganara
    Voted. 100% agree Mark. Animals should not be used for these kind of "entertainment" purposes at all. It is always cruel exploitation. Like Fifi, I am always campaigning about it! You might be interested in my latest blog, A Veritable Vegan Xmas Banquet, in which I describe the food on my Xmas break away from home! :-)
  3. SnakeWitch
    I agree as well and voted. I wrote a few posts about the same topic, too. Check out my new article: Social Justice Reasons to Become Vegan.


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