Just down West Hunt Club Road from the OHS shelter, you can see the summit of the Big Top tent. It’s official. The circus is in town. And just like last year, they’ve hauled the elephants along with them.
It’s 2012. We
no longer allow bear baiting. We don’t allow dog fights. These cruel and
dangerous activities have been relegated to history. So why is an exotic animal
circus still condoned by our community?
animals have been trained to do tricks using cruel and inhumane methods, and
perform these acts out of fear and submission. Sharp tools, whips, electrical
prods, baseball bats and metal pipes are used to train and force the animal to
perform. And after the performance, the animals are caged in unnaturally small
spaces moving from city to city.
nothing natural about an elephant in a skirt trying to balance on a ball, and
by labelling this “entertainment” our community is freely stating that
dominating and exploiting animals is acceptable.
In 2002, I
represented the OHS with other concerned animal welfare groups as we lobbied
Ottawa City Councillors to include the banning of exotic animal entertainment
in its new Animal Care and Control Bylaw, citing both human health and safety
and animal welfare concerns.
It’s been 10
years, and little has changed. At that time the City agreed to license cruelty,
so these circus acts need to fill out some forms and pay the municipality to
have the “right” to perform in Ottawa.
A ticket to
the circus costs $20 (or $30 if you want to be as close as possible to the
cruelty). The same amount can help us care for a sick, abused, or abandoned animal right
here in our own community.
Please take a small step to end animal suffering by saying no to supporting a
Ottawa Humane Society Executive Director