11/04/09 Circus of Shame in Samobor
Animal Friends protests in front of a circus with animals and invites to conscientiousness and compassion
Most of their circus lives, animals are kept in chains or locked up in confined places or trucks. They are deprived of food and water so as to avoid a mess on stage. Chained, locked up, lost and often sedated, they wait for training or performance. Whips, electric rods and other "tools" are often used. Domestic and wild animals are exposed to painful journeys from town to town for fun and profit.
Because of these reasons circuses with animals are banned all around the world. The Croatian Animal Protection Act bans the keeping of wild animals in circuses while 29 towns in Croatia banned circuses with all animals.
Animal Friends invites the citizens of Samobor not to visit circuses with animals and organizes protests on Wednesday November 4, at 3 P.M. and 6 P.M. and on Saturday November 7, also at 3 P.M. and 6 P.M. in front of Circus Safari that keeps animals.
Animal Friends sent a request to the City of Samobor to join the other towns which banned circuses with all animals and thus become the town number 30 in Croatia which cares about its reputation, the will of its citizens and animal protection.
Several reports have been sent to the authorities since the Animal Protection Act regulates the ban of using wild animals according to Article 53 paragraph 1 which says: "It is prohibited to keep wild animals in circuses and use them in circus performances and other performances involving animals." That means that wild animals should not be in a circus, whether they perform or not. Although it is clear to everyone that none of Croatian citizens considers camels and llamas as domestic animals, some people try to misinterpret the law for financial gain.
Also, according to the Animal Protection Act circuses cannot exhibit animals under any circumstances to the public (Article 3, paragraph 26). The same law does not allow forcing animals to behave unnaturally (Article 4, paragraph 2, item 11) and expose them to adverse temperatures and weather conditions, depending on the animal species (Article 4, paragraph 2, item 13).
Any form of animal exploitation in circuses is not exemplary and it belongs to our outdated and inhumane practice of animal treatment. The circuses of the future are circuses without animals in which people with their skills and art entertain other people. There are more humane ways of entertainment for both children and grown-ups. Children deserve to be taught to respect other living beings and should know that animals do not have fun in circuses and that they should not be kept there.
The social conscientiousness more and more opposes the exploitation of animals for human entertainment in general, while keeping animals in circuses is considered a specifically unacceptable and cruel way of entertainment. If circuses really want to offer great entertainment, then they should take example of those circuses that design spectacular shows and attract thousands without one single animal.
"The trainer beats the horse from the front to make sure it won’t try to lower itself back down. During this exercise the horse’s mouth is usually torn until it bleeds. The horse's strong, powerful lips cannot withstand the sudden jerk, and its bloody eyes pop out of their sockets," wrote Alexander Nevzorov in his book Horse Encyclopaedia.