The Hadi Shrine Circus opened in Evansville, Indiana, with a protest from animal rights groups calling for an end to the use of animals for entertainment. Eight peaceful protests are planned one hour before each circus show time.

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The protestors are calling for the end of using animals in circuses and traveling shows. The circus claims that the elephants are treated well, and they do not use whips in their circus. The animal welfare protestors are demanding a ban on wild animals in circuses and traveling shows through a city ordinance.

Circuses are no place for wild animals. Lions, bears, monkeys, elephants, and other animals should be in the wild, free to roam, interact with others, and engage in natural behaviors. Sadly, in circuses, these poor animals are kept in terrible conditions, trained using a variety of cruel methods, and forced to perform for human entertainment. Fortunately, several fantastic organizations are working to end this type of exploitation.

We can help these animals by not supporting the businesses that exploit them. Refrain from buying tickets to circuses, zoos, or movies that use wild animals. This will leave these companies with less financial support to keep their cruel practices going. Today’s special effects and simulations provide the same visual experience as watching an animal on screen or stage without the involvement of cruelty or captivity. The film “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” wowed movie-goers with incredible computer-generated imagery (CGI) and considering the film brought in $100 million during opening weekend in the U.S. alone, we think audiences and producers would agree.

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