Circus = clowns, acrobats and elephants?

June 24th, 2012

It is with a sense of relief that I see Cr George Seymour raising issues that failed to receive support by the previous Council. One such issue was the simple question of allowing Circuses that use exotic animals, access to Council controlled land. Maybe this brand new Council will be braver, bolder and stronger than the previous Council. I certainly hope so.
I believe that a developed intelligent and humane society, such as ours, realises that using animals for human entertainment is just plain wrong. Personally I am always disturbed at the idea that any animal is captured or born, confined and trained just to entertain the human variety of animal. The fact that people make money from exhibiting animals is also abhorrent. If you wish to learn about exotic animals visit a sanctuary or a properly run zoo. While a zoo is still not the best means of caring for animals a good zoo beats a travelling circus in each and every way. Australia Zoo is just down the road after all.
I truly hope that the majority of people who call the Fraser Coast home, agree with George, Stuart and myself and support the call to ban these Circuses from occupying our community land. Please teach your children to appreciate the needs and rights of all wild animals to live naturally in protected areas free from the threat of death or confinement at the hands of the earths top predator… us!

9 Responses to “Circus = clowns, acrobats and elephants?”

  1. Annette Guiceon 24 Jun 2012 at 9:15 am

    It is so good to hear that the council will again be discussing exotic animal circuses. The use of lions, monkeys and in the past elephants is from the pages of history. These animals have complex social structures and desires and needs that can never be met in a circus. A circus is a business that makes money from the use of animals. They are not here to do the best for the animals, if there were the animals wouldn’t be in their shows. The lions and monkeys used by circuses are not domesticated animals they are captive born wild animals and they have all the behaviours, needs and desires of their wild counterparts. Please support this call for a ban on exotic animal circuses from using public land. It is the least we can do for these animals.

  2. Jane Hansonon 24 Jun 2012 at 9:18 am

    Well said Sue and I am so glad to hear that George is also against circus animals. I don’t think there is anything sadder than seeing the local lorikeets sitting in the neighbours trees looking down at the caged lorikeet and other birds he has in his avery. Why keep these beautiful creatures locked up with limited space. Sure they may live longer nice and safe in a cage but is that really living? No creature should be caged for our amusement!

  3. Colin Burton 24 Jun 2012 at 9:18 am

    Not to the point of the matter, but “Clowns, acrobats, and elephants” – for a moment there Sue I thought you were going to talk about Canberra or the corner of George and Alice Sts in Brisbane. The clowns who posture in hard hats and fluoro vests for the camera, the acrobats who do policy backflips, and the elephants who just sit, or ponderously stumble around with vacant smiles on their faces; only there because they have been there for ever and get re-elected by silly constituents from habit. Not to mention the jugglers with budget figures or the lions and tigers who prey upon each other and everyone else.

    Pity we cant ban them too.

    But in agreement with you on the matter of travelling raree shows and goggle fests.

  4. Sue Brookson 24 Jun 2012 at 9:23 am

    Thanks for making me laugh this morning. You are a talented man and I so enjoyed the analogy..

  5. Yvonneon 24 Jun 2012 at 10:40 am

    Colin love it! Totally agree Sue!

  6. marleneon 08 Jul 2012 at 2:48 pm

    you poor dear people you dont have a clue i was born in a circus with wild animals they also were born in the circus & i can tell you these animals were better looked after then a lot of children & old people & better feed then most of you i have seen my grandad & my uncle sit up all the night when any of them were sick these animals were their baby’s & looked after as such not just to perform in the circus unless you have been there & done that you dont know you train an animal with kind & love as you train your kids my brother used to bath his loins in a cage of cause the way one baths one’s dog thats if you bath your dog that is. if one was crual the loin would eat you as would a dog would bit you a lt of you have a bird in a cage A fish in a bowel & you have a go at the circus get a life the lot of you .

  7. Sue Brookson 08 Jul 2012 at 4:23 pm

    I am sure many circus animals are treated kindly while some aren’t. But I still believe that animals should not be used for our entertainment which by default is providing an economic benefit to someone. Just because we grew up with circuses doesn’t make them right! We do not NEED this formmof ‘entertainment’.

  8. Patriciaon 08 Jul 2012 at 8:28 pm

    So Sue, you are reasonably sure that “some” circus animals are treated kindly, but you are absolutely positively sure that others are not. So if you really are in possession of such information, are you prepared to name the offenders? Who are the ones mistreating the animals? Have you gone to the authorities? No? Or are you just spreading unfounded rumours again?

    I think the point that mariene was trying to make was that these circus animals are born into captivity and are basically domesticated – just like the dozens of pets you have in your own small backyard. I have never seen you advocating executing puppies and kittens who have no homes, but yet here you are wanting to execute rare tigers, lions and elephants, just because they were born in a circus. It’s hardly their fault.

  9. Sue Brookson 09 Jul 2012 at 7:21 am

    I based my comments on information that I have received and witnessed personally. I do ot have 12 pets and no circus animal would need to be destroyed because of a ban! But may I respectfully ask where you obtain your information from also?

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