Animal circuses – fun or frightening?

We all love animals, right?

That’s why we go to circuses, to see these amazing animals do awesome tricks!

If only we were all flies on the wall. This way we would get to see behind the scenes. These captive wild animals are forced to practise  uncomfortable and often painful acts. There are whips, scary noises, water and brooms used as threats of punishment if they do not perform what is expected of them.

Through the animals eyes you would see these tricks as confusing and forced. These lovely animals need someone to speak up for them.  So we joined a group of people in protest.  Although a silent demonstration, our banners were loud and clear.

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My family and I were there on all three days of the protest and on every day more and more kids joined us.  I was happy to see that children were getting involved.  Sadly though, there were also lots a parents taking their kids to the circus. I also noticed that the parents were avoiding looking our way, yet their children look very interested in what we were saying.

My wish is that more parents will be open to these messages and teach their children FULL animal love!

Here’s two very short video’s where I’m NOT silent! This one and this one!

 

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My first public protest

I’ve always felt such sadness for the dogs on the streets.  Especially in Qatar, my old home, and Turkey, on a recent holiday.  When I moved to Knysna, (Western Cape South Africa), I hadn’t seen dogs on the street, so I thought life for dogs was a lot better here.  Then we got an email from our local animal welfare society asking us to attend a dog fighting protest.

What, dog fighting?

First I felt a bit like protesting might be an aggressive action, but I was torn because I wanted to do something for these dogs.  I distracted myself by making a great big, meaningful poster.   Mom assured us that there was two types of protests, a badly-vibed one and a peaceful one.

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Our friend Elaine who works with Knysna Animal Welfare Society (KAWS) is such a big-hearted person that I knew this would be a friendly protest.

On the first morning of the protest there was a big crowd and our national television cameras were there.  I felt lively and united with all the other caring, like-minded people.  In my soul it felt like I was doing just what was right for me! Unfortunately the trial was postponed until the next day, and while we all came back the TV crew didn’t as Nelson Mandela sadly passed away the night before.

What I found so cool was a T-shirt worn by a big-chested, big-hearted lady that read, “Real Men Fight Crime Not Dogs!”

Here’s a video (caution – graphic content!) on this particular dog fighting group of people who call themselves ‘DOGMEN’. I think it’s horrifying how these humans can just stand there and watch dogs kill each other.  I couldn’t believe that these cruel people are actually professionals and maybe even fathers!

In 2014 I hope to participate in more activities that bring awareness to animal welfare and really protect these kind and loving animals.