The Morality Of Circus Animals: The Ethics Of Circus Animals

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Register to read the introduction… Finally, the sentience of animals will be investigated to show that circuses cause extensive psychological harm to animals, in addition to physical, and further, to show that circus animals have an inherent right to ethical treatments and, by extension, that humans have an obligation to fulfil this. As such, the overall ethical rights of circus animals will be explained to display that these are routinely breached in contemporary society. Collectively, these arguments will display that the treatment of circus animals is a pressing issue, and that humans have an obligation to more aptly fulfil the ethical rights of these …show more content…
Garner (1993) expands on this, “there is little doubt that many circus animals do suffer as a result of their captivity. However, we balance and attempt to justify this suffering with the benefits that accrue to humans as a result.” This succinctly and frankly captures human attitudes towards circus animals and explains why the ethical rights of circus animals are commonly breached with little to no moral outrage or legal protection ensuing. Effectively, the entertainment gained by humans is considered above all else, and therefore outweighs the animal’s suffering (Garner 1993). Put bluntly, it appears that even rather superfluous and superficial human rights are regarded a more important than the fundamental ethical rights of circus animals. As Serpell (1986) concludes, “we have accepted the least painful solution to this disturbing moral dilemma. Instead of questioning the hard-line, economic exploitation of animals, we have tended, in one way or another to adopt a disparaging, condescending or trivialising attitude.” Essentially, society, by and large, has elected to ignore and avoid this extremely confronting issue, in doing so hoping that it will simply

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