Breed Developement and Welfare Assignment 1 - Welfare and Legislaion.

Essay by daleos89 May 2008

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Animals have been used in circuses for hundreds of years. Government inspection reports show that there is ongoing mistreatment of animals in circuses, as well as failure to provide the basic minimal standards of care required by law.

Animals used in circuses spend most of their time in boxcars, cages, or wrapped up in chains. These animals come from different parts of the world, and have unique and specific needs for diet, health, veterinary care, social interaction, stimulation, exercise and movement, living environment, climate but all the animals are trained using methods of domination, and all live and travel together under the same conditions. The animals are trained to perform by using tools such as bull hook’s, chains, and electric prods.

Animals in circuses are protected under the performing animal’s act of 1925, which sets no standards for the welfare of the animals, but this legislation refers to the animal’s owners, trainers and carers.

I do not believe that this is sufficient enough at all. I believe that rather than changing this law to aid the animals, circuses with performing animals should be banned worldwide, and the animals should be retrieved and placed in sanctuaries, and where possible, the animals should be rehabilitated and released into the wild.

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