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September 23, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Here comes the circus

Kenneth Feld and daughter Nicole, producer of Ringling's Zing Zang Zoom edition, feed the elephants before an event at Washington's Verizon Center. Animal rights groups have long protested the use of elephants in the circus, but Feld says he will never give up the elephants. [Sarah L. Voisin, The Washington Post]

Kenneth Feld and daughter Nicole, producer of Ringling’s Zing Zang Zoom edition, feed the elephants before an event at Washington’s Verizon Center. Animal rights groups have long protested the use of elephants in the circus, but Feld says he will never give up the elephants. [Sarah L. Voisin, The Washington Post]

Don’t promote animal cruelty

Here we go again. The Ringling Brothers and Barnum Bailey circus is coming to ShoWare Arena in Kent and the Comcast Arena at Everett in October.

Has no one read about the abuse that goes on in the circus toward wild animals, forcing them to perform?

This abuse is a widely-known fact and is publicized over and over again, and yet we, as a community, are allowing the circus to come to town. Come on, Washington!

Elephants are often ripped away from their mothers at a very young age and abused to force them into a frightened compliance. They are poked and prodded with bull hooks. The other wild animals are subjected to equally abusive means to force them to perform.

Is watching them “perform” really what we want to see, and want our children to see, knowing what we know?

Seattle is such a progressive community in so many other areas. Why is this an area in which Seattle is way behind other communities who stand for animal rights?

Let’s do something. Do not promote the circus coming to town. Not to Everett. Not to Kent. Not to anywhere in this state.

Set an example. Ban the circus. Promote circuses that do not use wild animals; for example, Cirque de Soleil.

Promote saving the wild animals used in circuses, and sending them to sanctuaries where they deserve to live out their lives. Be proactive, and set an example across the country and the world.

Nancy & David Spilberg, Bellevue

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