As a little girl I really loved the circus.
Not Cirque Du Fancy Pants, Grande Chapiteau type circus, but the real McCoy, Big Top, lions and clowns and folk that date their cousins type circus.
When one was in town a while ago, a little flame of excitement sprang into my belly and I thought ‘cooooooooool’.
I imagined awesome photos for a photo blog, and having a cracking family day out with the colourful, carnival folk. I envisaged myself and D Man sitting there, breathing sighs of awe and wonder at the trapeze, tonguing fairy floss straight from the stick that leaves splinters in your tongue, and squealing with delight at the dancing horses (well, at least, that’s what I would be doing, he’d probably be picking his nose and eating it, or flicking popcorn into the hair of the lady in front)…..but when I mentioned it to a friend they said ‘no way, I don’t give my money to them. They have animals.’
Dancing horses are bad? I guess they are, aren’t they. With their spangly head dresses and scantily clad girls riding them.
Now, I’ll admit that I did think it was illegal to have lions and tigers and bears (oh, my) these days but they make the whole circus idea also got a bit more exciting. D Man LOVES lions and tigers………. now it was suuuuuuuuuuuuper cooooooooool.
Then I felt bad for not being more PC, and animal activist-esque. Is the circus no longer the done thing?
Oh no!! I love the circus. Those ponies are so clever.
Speaking of clever ponies… What about equestrian riding?
I’m sure that some of my readers would be pony lovers, so is equestrian ok? What’s the diff?
Jodhpurs and sensible headwear versus spangled g-strings and tiaras?
Is it bad that I want my kids to experience the wonder and magic of the Big Top… To smell the saw dust and see the Ring Master call in the clowns.
Obviously, I don’t support emaciated bears or moth eaten lions, but I imagine if the animal is already a circus animal, it can’t be released into the National Park.
Wouldn’t the RSPCA be all over circus’, with their seriously strict codes of practice?
I guess by supporting them it encourages the practice to continue.
The ad for Stardust Circus (it even sounds like magic, doesn’t it?) says that the animals are treated like part of the family, so maybe they’re really loved. Maybe the lions are invited to Sunday roast and the monkeys all get pissed and give each other wedgies, just like real families do.
I’ve been going through the whole thing in my head. If the circus is no longer a PC past time, what about the zoo? Is the zoo out too?
I friggen’ love the zoo.
Does it depend on the level of accuracy in the enclosure – how alike their natural habitat it is, or are they all out?
I get that a flea bitten mangy lion is not a lion in his prime, more than that, it is a crime against nature, but if they are well looked after, does that make a difference?
We went to Mogo Zoo down on the South Coast. It was a small zoo, specialising in endangered species rehabilitation. They had bred some of these endangered species in captivity, thereby propagating the species. That’s a good thing, right?
As long as the animal is endangered, and in a breeding program it’s ok?
Just to recap, as long as it’s endangered, it didn’t arrive in the country smuggled in a tube up someone’s butt (bird and reptiles, not big game), and is willing to procreate, we’re good to go.
It’s seems like there’s a hell of a lot of grey area here, no?
Anyway, I’m on the fence.
As a child, I loved the circus, as an adult, I get that it’s unethical.
Bloody hell, I hate being an adult sometimes.