THE PRICE OF A CIRCUS SEAT
Dragged, kicking and screaming
to the circus we go
we once walked proudly,
freely for miles and miles each day
with our families
to whom we bond deeply
babies spending their entire lives
by the sides of loving mothers
we long for this life
that will never again be
for we are now
circus elephants are we.
Our tiny baby elies
are torn from us
in the most inhumane ways imaginable
to be broken
beginning with the breaking of our bodies
followed by the breaking of our spirits
our terror is ignored
as our legs are bound
we are stretched out
slammed to the ground
gouged with bull-hooks
and shocked with electric prods
we cry, scream out
and struggle desperately to remain upright
looking deeply into the eyes of our tormentors
for a compassionate face that might save us
the response is . . .
increased human anger
of us into the painful positions necessary
to perform circus tricks.
Away from public eye
and carefully insured to be unmonitored
by those who may protect us,
we are shocked
and beaten severely
with sticks, and canes and bats
about our heads, and legs, and ears and chins,
before we step upon your stage
lest we dare to forget
who is boss.
Intolerant of our fear, our terror
our overwhelming anxiety
we are stabbed with sharp objects
rammed violently and intentionally
into our delicate, tender places around our ears
reminding us that there will be no expression
of natural feeling or emotion
Late at night the circus spotlights dim
the music, loudspeakers, claps and cheers fall silent
costumes and makeup removed
the sea of human faces in the crowd
have long disappeared
and while you rest
moved into compartments
extremely cramped spaces
and box cars
the chains appear
heavy shackles forced upon our tired, aching legs
and then . . .
standing anchored to one spot
for seemingly endless hours
unable to move
hardly more than a step
devoid of stimulation
standing in our own excrement
no other choice for us
than to accept this life we did not choose
or be put down without dignity.
Of course there is an upside
for when the ‘mourning’ comes
more tickets will be sold
at fifteen to fifty bucks a pop
justifying our existence and noble purpose;
Our majestic lives in trade
for the price of a circus seat.
by Gerean Pflug for “The Animal Spirits”
November 26, 2012
(Reconstructed & Rewritten by influence of the PETA Video “Boycott Circuses That Use Elephants”
Alec Baldwin, Spokesperson, Video Link Below)
Find out what PETA is doing: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
The Dutch government has announced their ban on the use of wild animals in circuses.
Greece and Bolivia have banned the use of animals in circuses!
The UK is in process of banning the use of wild animals in circuses!
What on earth is the United States thinking by allowing this travesty to continue?
The amount of pain and suffering, both physically and emotionally, that circus animals are put through to entertain human adults and the children for even one minute, is a crime. We can better serve our children and our children’s children at a compassionate and enlightened level, by boycotting circuses that use and abuse our world’s wildlife.
The ticket price of $15.00 – $50.00 per person, multiplied by the thousands/millions that attend circuses and are entertained at the cost of the animals, can be regenerated to assist in preserving animals in their natural habitats, supporting those who create natural habitats for our wildlife, providing funds and supplies to those working in animal rehabilitation, to those who protect our wildlife from illegal poaching or to wildlife orphanages that care for babies whose families have been needlessly murdered for the profit in ivory and other body parts.
What better way to raise our children in consciousness, than to educate them to respect, promote and protect our planet and all life that dwells here with us?
YOU CAN HELP
Refuse to attend circuses that use wild animals
Ask our elected officials to insist that lawmakers ban the use of animals in circuses
- Email Congress. Ask them to sign the Traveling Exoctic Animal Protection Act #HR3359 http://breakthechainus.com/action-needed-to-pass-hr-3359-the-traveling-exotic-animal-protection-act/
Sign Petitions supporting causes that protect animals used in circuses:
For more information visit: Animal Defenders International
Raise public awareness: Reblog, Twitter and add posts to Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, etc.
Support Wildlife Protection by raising public awareness and helping raise funds.
Reroute dollars spent at the cost of wildlife into support dollars for animal welfare and protection funds.
Educate children of the need to protect our future wildlife.
Exercise consistent shifts toward increasing empathy and compassion to all living creatures.