|Emmett Kelly in 1953 (Public Domain)|
On the mighty heels of elephants that no longer have to endure bull hooks at Barnum & Bailey Circus, activists are now trying to extend such compassion to other performing animals.
A recent proposal in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania seeks to ban most “wild-animal entertainment.” This was met by demonstrations of crying clowns, designed to convince the public that such a ban is downright evil.
Let’s face it: Clowns can be scary enough when they’re smiling. But what’s even scarier are the conditions in which many animals are kept. Brian Bonsteel of Humane Action Pittsburgh asserts: They perform out of fear of what will happen to them if they don’t.
Copyright May 29, 2016 by Linda Van Slyke All Rights Reserved