Should Animals Be Banned? Essay

1742 Words Dec 4th, 2016 7 Pages
Should the Use of Animals in Circuses Be Banned?
People have been flocking to see the dancing animals at the circus for ages, but how much do you really know about what goes on behind the scenes? The use of animals in the circus has a long history dating all the way back to ancient Rome. In fact, the first established circus in history, Circus Maximus, used animals. Even in those ancient times, the use of animals to entertain humans proved to be a very lucrative business. For the people that attend it may be the allure of the big top tents and bright lights, the nostalgia, or the chance to see an elephant stand on its hind legs; I’m certain the animals are the most obvious attraction that delight people from all over the world. Most of the population have very little knowledge of the dark side of life that captive circus animals are faced with. However lucrative this business may be, it comes at a very steep price to the well-being of the animals being exploited. Even though people enjoy them, the use of animals in circuses should be banned because animals are routinely abused, suffer in poor living conditions, and develop serious mental and physical health conditions as a result.
There are many different ways that circus animals endure abuse. Lions, tigers, and elephants are acting out of character when jumping through hoops of fire, or standing on tiny pedestals; this behavior is antithetical to what occurs naturally in the wild. While some circuses undoubtedly treat…

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