Topic: animal cruelty
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September 23, 2013 at 11:34 AM
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
May 2, 2013 at 8:33 PM
Smart, sensitive alternative needed to prevent horse overpopulation
What we need now are some common sense and compassionate policies in order to control wild horse populations ["N.M. horse slaughter plant to open soon," seattletimes.com, April 30]. Experts in the field agree that the practice of slaughtering horses is not the appropriate answer for pet overpopulation.
For example, the University of Toledo reports a wild horse birth-control measure that is extremely effective. Further, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack stated that the department “needs to be more creative” regarding the horse overpopulation problem.
Katherine Pfeifle, Lynnwood
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