Target: Chinese legislators
Goal: To prohibit the use of animals in China’s circuses.
In China, much like in other parts of the world, circus animals are treated cruelly in a life of captivity. These animals such as monkeys, lions, tigers, and bears are wild and deserve to live in their natural habitat. They are kept behind bars and beaten mercilessly so that they will perform for the people who pay to see them. In many ways these spectators are also innocent victims of this industry because they are fooled into believing that the animals actually enjoy the tricks they perform. This could not be further from the reality of this grim situation.
Tigers teeth are ripped out and they are de-clawed so they cannot fight back as their trainers beat them into submission. Lions jump through hoops of fire because they know if they don’t they will be subjected to even more immense fear. The highly emotional elephants are prodded with bull hooks and electric shocks so they will continue to do the same mindless tricks day after day to be trapped in lonely concrete prison by night.
Perhaps if spectators knew the cruelty that exists behind the curtain of this callous industry they would decide not to support it. The fact that humans are amused by the exploitation of animals is so far removed from the natural world, it is disturbing that we have let it come to this. There is nothing educational about the circus, it teaches our children that this treatment of animals is okay harming future generations of animals and perpetuating these industries filled with so much greed. It is up to us to create a movement towards animal free circuses, there are many other forms of entertainment, there is absolutely no reason to support this industry. The government of China must be persuaded to ban circuses that use wild animals. Over and over I find that it is the insatiable desire for profit that drives these industries to inflict suffering upon sentient, voiceless beings.
Dear Chinese legislators,
The use of wild animals in circuses is cruel on so many levels. These animals belong in the wild which is an environment that cannot even begin to compare to the enclosures they are kept in at the circus. Tigers are de-clawed and their teeth are ripped out so they cannot fight back when they are beaten. Emotional elephants are forced into submission with bull hooks and electric probes. There is so much inhumanity in this industry it would be difficult to list it all in this letter.
Please do not let this injustice towards these sentient wild animals continue. The circus is not educational and people are often unaware of what goes on behind the curtains. Perhaps if circus cruelty were exposed people would decide that watching animals perform mindless tricks is not worth the suffering that these animals must endure.
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