I ask that you please STOP and think before you spend your money on the circus, the zoo, or sea world/marine land!
Yes, it is sooo tempting… what a fun way to spend the day , walking aimlessly around a zoo seeing animals from all corners of the world… kangoroos, tigers, lions, maybe elephants or monkeys…
or how exciting to go see a circus filled with amazing acts …. elephants forced to almost stand on their heads … lions forced to jump threw hoops of fire … (ummm do you honestly think these animals are happy doing these acts? ) and have you seen how they train these animals to these these acts?
STOP and think for a second… do you think that elephant is happy in that small enclosure spending it’s days in the hot sun shine thousands of miles aways from it’s family that is so misses … in a climate that it probably doesn’t like and yes elephants do remember and miss their family/herd.
There are many alternatives to zoos and circuses …
First off, if you are looking for a show, then consider a play where your child could be inspired to go into acting … or consider a circus with NO animals such as the very famous cirque du soleil , that is beyond mesmerizing. Your kids will be amazed at the acts.
As for zoos… yes it is amazing to see animals… and there are so many places that you can go and support with your money such as sancutaries that take in animals from circuses or that were hurt or born in captivity and can not be released in the wild…and these sanctuaries usually offer a more intimate animal experience where you can interact with the animals 😉 rather then just stare at them threw a cage.
There are also farm sanctuaries that would be great to support… see the point here is that if even a small portion of people would stop spending money at the establishment then they would be casting a vote for the world they want by not supporting them with their money … and in tern the zoo / circus would start to struggle and would end up having to close it’s doors.
Here are some links to places that would be awesome to visit and support with your money
If you have other places to add to my list, please post in the comments below … would be great to have a collection of sanctuaries from around the world to visit and support… also I am sure there are many many more… as you just need to take the time to research one nearby
Please keep this in mind as it is VERY POWERFUL…
EVERY dollar you spend or DON’T spend is a vote you cast for the world you want!
so (don’t) spend WISELY !
I started writing this post and then the whole Blackfish story came out… and I want to add a note about sea world … what a SAD, sad place … and what a sad thing to do such incredible creatures. They come from the ocean … the wide open sea, only to be trapped and taken into a small tank and then be forced to perform for an audience that pays money to watch them. I am not sure how the trainers and people that do this sleep at night… but I have seen interviews of former employees who feel terrible for what they did.
You can see the trailer here ( please note that it is sad and disturbing )
another movie that I can suggest is The Cove , it is all about dolphins
you can see the trailer here ( once again be forewarned as it is very disturbing )
take the pledge as I have … pledge to stop supporting these places!
a side note…
I recently had a small exchange with a stranger who was defending her stance for taking her kids to the zoo… if the zoo didn’t exist she would probably never have seen an elephant or lion in person she said … and this statement made me sooo mad.
I mean did seeing that elephant in that small enclosure change her life for the better? Is she now richer? Smarter? Healthier? Better off in any sense for this experience? The answer is no! But that elephant …well, that poor elephant is paying with his/ her life … which is so sad and heartbreaking to me. I mean is her life that meaningless that it is worth keeping her in a cage for the enjoyment of a human being to walk by for 5 minutes and see her ? This is not a humane way to treat any living thing.
I thank you for taking the time to read my birthday animal advocacy statement … and I wish you all peace