LETTER: Circus abuse

Every year circuses travel across the nation for our entertainment. When there are wild animals involved, they are abused in many as
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

Every year circuses travel across the nation for our entertainment. When there are wild animals involved, they are abused in many aspects. You may not see it, but elephants in particular are abused.

These trainers are not meeting basic needs for the elephants. They don't get enough food, water or exercise. In the wild, animals are getting 50 miles of walking in each day. They live on an average of 70 years in the wild as compared to 14 years in captivity. There is no good explanation for this except abuse.

They are also being abused. Trainers use harsh training methods such as electric shock, baseball bats and even bull hooks shoved in tender body parts. Elephants' "retirement" is being caged for life, being sold to a lab or being sold to a hunting farm for money and meat. They don't deserve to be treated this way.

It's the people's obligation to help. Don't give donations to circuses with performing wild animals when they ask for donations. Go to the ones with performing people or pets rather than wild animals. People may argue that animals clearly enjoy it, or that it's the only way for people to see wild animals they could not otherwise see.

Help us rebel against circuses with performing wild animals by not going to them, and no donations to them either.

Stacey J. Sinwald

Berlin Heights