Awareness Is Empowering…

Have you heard the saying, “If you don’t stand for something you’ll fall for anything?” In other words, be passionate about what you care about. And it goes without saying that I am passionate about the well-being of animals. Likewise, most of us care very deeply about animals. At the very least, most people do not want to see an innocent animal harmed.

It is my belief that awareness is empowering. After all, knowledge is the answer to ignorance. The more I learn, the more I realize how crucial the choices that we make impact not just us, but all living creatures that inhabit our planet. That being said, I have decided to share a short video with everyone. It is an undercover circus video (one among many out there). I am sharing it not to shock, but rather to raise awareness to what these circus animals experienced. Moreover, it’s not a warm, fuzzy make-us-feel-good video. However, the world we live in isn’t always warm and fuzzy. I personally think that it’s better to have the courage to see the painful truth for ourselves than it is to turn our backs because it doesn’t make us feel good. Believe me, it is much easier to do that! I personally prefer the warm, fuzzy videos. Yet, if we don’t make difficult choices, we will merely create a life of fantasy for ourselves. Unfortunately, the animals shown in this video did not have a choice. So, please take a few minutes of your time to watch the video. After watching it, I would greatly appreciate your thoughts on the video. As for me, I have never been to the circus. I don’t believe that animals were put here for our amusement. I’d much rather like to know that these beautiful creatures are roaming free as nature intended them to be. That’s just my humble opinion.

So, how do you feel about animals in entertainment? Do you believe that it’s okay to use animals in entertainment? Why or why not?

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52 Responses to Awareness Is Empowering…

  1. Addie says:

    I have never been to an animal circus, either. The said issue is quite the hot potato in the Philippines lately. A local TV program has just featured a dolphin show and the people’s various reactions to it. I love animals and I loathe people who maltreats them. I am sad to say I still don’t have a firm stand on this issue, I haven’t seen the said local program yet and the video (YouTube is blocked) in this post (I will watch this first thing after work) but I think animals in entertainment is not necessarily synonymous to animal maltreatment.

    This post also reminds me of my very good friend, Megan, and her A Dog A Day Project (http://anonymousburn.com/2012/01/01/my-project-365-a-dog-a-day/). I really believe it is a very brilliant project and only shows how great a person Megan is. I think you’ll like her.

    • Thanks so much Addie for commenting. I hope that you do get a chance to watch the video when you get home from work. Also, I’m adding a link for you to check out. There is lots of great information about the circus there. As mentioned in my post, I believe that awareness is empowering. As I learned more about the circus (with animals), I knew for sure that I would never be going to the circus. I’d much rather go to the circus where animals are not used at all. Just knowing that animals are being forced to perform meaningless and unnatural tricks is enough to keep me away from the circus permanently. Of course, that’s just my humble opinion. By the way, thanks very much for the link to your friend’s blog. I can’t wait to explore her blog. If she is your friend, she must be pretty cool. :)

      Here is the link:

      http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-in-entertainment/circuses.aspx

  2. john tugano says:

    oh that was sad..I believe that it is okay to use them to entertain people as long as they are not treated like this..if so better not..

    I appreciate you Donna for the courage to speak for these humble creature..

    • Thanks John! I agree with you that it’s a sad video. Yet, as sad as it is, I’ve seen much worse out there. I decided not to show those very graphic videos here. There was even one circus where trainers have been documented using blowtorches on elephants. So, this video was very mild in comparison to that. I just want to enlighten people, so that they can make their own choices. If you get a chance, try and check out the link that I posted above in my reply to Addie. It’s definitely worth a look. Also, thanks my friend for your kind words. I admit that it’s not easy to talk about this sort of thing. I don’t want to turn people away, but rather engage them in meaningful conversation. I think we just accomplished that! :)

  3. Thank you so much for posting this!
    Thank you for giving information to people. Most do not know what goes on under the big top.

    Here is another video that will explain why people need to stop supporting cruelty:

    Those undercover videos are heart breaking! Here are some videos that are uplifting:

    Here is another good site:

    http://www.howibecameanelephant.com/

    Thank you again, friend!
    -hugs-

    • You’re very welcome my friend! Thanks so much for commenting, and for sharing these additional videos. I think it’s so important to learn all that we can about what goes on under the big top. The more information that we have, the better informed we become. I’m all for embracing knowledge. So, thanks very much my friend for sharing these videos. I know what I will be doing this weekend. I wish you and your family all the best in 2012. :)

  4. jakesprinter says:

    How i wish one day human realize what they did to this poor animals .

    • Isn’t it sad Jake how some people have no empathy at all for animals? We may not be able to get everyone in the world to be kind to animals, but we can empower ourselves through awareness. Nonetheless, I know that the circuses “without animals” are extremely popular here in the US. We have a Cirque du Soleil located at Downtown Disney about an hour away from me in Orlando. Of course, no animals are used at all. I keep hearing how awesome it is. I can’t believe that I’ve never been to it! So, I need to make it my New Year’s resolution to go this year. Anyway, thanks for your comment Jake. My regards to Queeny and the rest of the pups. :)

  5. Yatin says:

    These are some good words for a real purpose.
    Animal cruelty has always been subjective. We have always interpreted what’s good and bad for animals using our own intelligence either due to lack of knowledge about them or may be lack of compassion towards them. Every living creature plays a critical role in maintaining the fragile ecosystem. Not just by their mere existence but also how they exist. The day we start to realize these facts, animals may have a different life.

    • Wow! Beautifully said Yatin. I’m so glad that you care enough about animals to share your heartfelt words here. I must say that I was very moved by your comment. So, thanks very much for taking time to comment. Also, thanks for your kind words. It’s always nice to be surprised with a comment from a fellow blogger that I haven’t heard from before. I look forward to exploring your blog too. All the best in 2012. :)

  6. I watched a circus once with my son. They don’t show the behind the scenes and I didn’t how cruel they are to the animals. the hitting part , particularly the head or face is so mean and degrading. Animals have feelings. they have rights as much as we do. I just don’t understand why some people don’t show any heart and mercy at all. Sad! I hope you continue to open the eyes of other people to the truth and speak on behalf of the helpless animals and other living creatures. Happy New Year my friend. Hope it’s a year of kindness and generosity for all.

    • Isn’t it heartbreaking IT? I must admit that I’m not a fan of watching undercover animal circus videos. That being said, I like to know for myself what goes on behind the scenes. As I was mentioning to Jake, there is a Cirque du Soleil located not too far from me in Orlando. I haven’t been yet, but hear it is awesome! I think that more people are choosing to go to circuses without animals, or they are seeking other means of entertaining themselves. By the way, I really appreciate your inspiring words my friend. And your comments are always so heartfelt. I can’t believe that it’s 2012 already! Hopefully, with each passing year, we simply get wiser. At the very least, we get to share this New Year with family and friends. :)

  7. Sony Fugaban says:

    I love to see animals in entertainment but behind the scenes is another story. I extremely adore and really respect animals so seeing them in an unfortunate position like that on the clip is devastating. If that what it takes to see a pretty good show, I would readily say I would not watch such anymore. Is there really no other way than what those m**** do to put on a good show? Just asking …

    Thank you, Dona, for another eye-opening post.
    On the other hand, this is what I feel about the issue: :-(

    • I know how much you care about animals too Sony, so I understand how you felt after seeing the video. As I mentioned to John, there are lots of undercover animal circus videos out there, but I decided not to show the very graphic ones. I don’t want to shock people. I much rather try to enlighten them, so that they can make their own choices. As for me, I made my decision not to go to circuses that use animals. By the way, I appreciate your question. I have decided to add a very short 31-second video in my reply to you. It is a former circus employee that speaks out about the abuse she witnessed while employed with the circus. I think that you will find it helpful. Also, my blogging friend “vegobsession chick” has added some additional videos to watch in her comment. Nonetheless, I appreciate your thoughtful comment Sony. It’s a blessing to know that there are so many kind people like yourself that care deeply about animals. :)

      Here is the 31-second video Sony:

      • Sony Fugaban says:

        Unfortunately, youtube is blocked site in our office so I can’t watch those videos yet. I promise I’ll find time though. Thanks for educating me, always!

      • Thanks for the update Sony! It must be nice to have free time at work! Enjoy your day. :)

      • Sony Fugaban says:

        I mean, a blocked site … Yeah, we have a 1 hour break. every day from 2p.m. to 1p.m.

      • WordsFallFromMyEyes says:

        My God. I am so overwhelmingly sickened by this video of foi gra, something I had never heard of in my life. Of all the cruelty I’ve been aware of and could not stop, I could not, could not could not imagine, we would do this to animals, for a “nice” feed for ourselves. I am so sickened, my appetite is stripped from me in grief. This video has really affected me badly. My tears are just so hurting me, flowing. I am glad Schwarzenneger made that change, glad Israel, England and – what, Norway? can’t remember – have banned it. I think foi gra restaurants should be identified, and a video playing as above be outside the restaurant, constantly playing, so people know what they’re eating. IF ANYONE COULD EAT FOI GRA AFTER SEEING THIS, I WOULD THINK THEY WERE HITLER REINCARNATED. This puts me off even eating an apple. I cannot eat right now. I am entirely sickened.

      • I can’t begin to express how much I appreciate your heartfelt and compassionate comment. I personally haven’t seen that “Foie Gras” video yet. I posted the short PSA video of a former circus employee that speaks out about the abuse she witnessed while employed with the circus as a reply to Sony. I had no idea that other bloggers would actually take time to watch some of the other You Tube videos that follow the circus PSA video. So, thanks for doing so, and for sharing your thoughts here. I really appreciate it!

        As for “Foie Gras,” I think it’s absolutely heart wrenching that people could do that to an animal. :( I have never had foie gras. And I never will. I’m vegan anyway, but the whole foie gras process is so cruel and inhumane to me.

        Not long ago, I saw a PETA video narrated by Roger Moore (aka James Bond), in which he speaks out against foie gras. I learned a lot from that video. It was graphic, but it really gave me an understanding as to the cruelty involved. The video really enlightened me to say the very least. I was also brought to tears. Yet, as graphic as these videos are, I think they serve an important purpose. I’d much rather know about the cruelty involved than be oblivious to it.

        I’m with you on banning foie gras. Fortunately, several countries already have. You’re right; Norway is one of the countries where it has been banned. As far as I have read, most of the countries where it has been banned are in Europe. Also, I was glad to hear that California banned it.

        By the way, I love your idea about the video playing outside the restaurant! I wonder how many people would still order foie gras from the menu after seeing the video?

        Isn’t it a shame how some people treat animals? Yet, I think most people do have compassion for animals. It’s a matter of awareness. So, let’s get the message out together! Thanks so much again for dropping by. :)

  8. rumpydog says:

    I didn’t watch the videos. I can’t. I’ve seen some like them before and it hurts my heart. But those videos do serve their purpose, and I am grateful to those who make them and distribute them so that others can know the truth about the way we treat animals in order to live in comfort. From factory farms that we allow so we can eat cheap food to abusive practices in entertainment so we can ‘feel good’, we must accept that WE allow these things to happen, and WE must each decide what we can do to change these abusive practices.

    • I couldn’t agree more Rumpy! We hold all the power by the choices that we make. Hopefully, as more people become aware of the horrific conditions that animals often must endure, more people will make humane choices. I know that you are doing your part to get the word out. As for factory farms, I think that if more people actually see firsthand where their food comes from that they would reconsider their choices. I would like to think that compassion trumps cruelty. Anyway, thanks so much for your heartfelt comment Rumpy. You are one super smart dog. I bet you get your savviness from Jen. :)

  9. raisingdaisy says:

    You hit a major nerve with me here. I’m *strongly* opposed to any kind of animal mistreatment or neglect, and I’ve refused to patronize ANY circuses or other venues that use animals (since I was in my teens and learned about this), nor will I go to any zoos that aren’t rehab/rescues because I don’t believe people should capture wild animals and put them in captivity so others can pay to ogle them. It really disgusts me that people exploit animals for their own greed. I do try to make others understand what they’re supporting when they buy tickets to these events as well. This whole thing sickens me and I can’t believe it’s still going on. Early in my writing career, I wrote newspaper advertorials but I always refused to do articles that would promote leather or fur stores – and I won’t wear either one. I’m happy to say I’ve instilled this value in my kids, and I hope they pass it on down the line.

    What I find most difficult is shopping for meat because I only want to buy from cruelty-free farms. I’ve cut most meats out of my diet anyway, but my family hasn’t. ::sigh::

    Thanks for raising awareness on this topic.

    • That was one passionate and kind comment! Thank you so much for speaking up for animals. I only wish that everyone felt the same way as you do. The planet would be a better place for all living creatures. That being said, I do think that there are many people who genuinely care about animals, but are lacking the information to enable them to make compassionate choices. By the way, I think it’s great that you have instilled your compassionate values in your kids. After all, they are going to be the future. I’d like to think that the next generation would be compassionate leaders. Nonetheless, they need strong role models for that to happen. So, kudos to you for being such a wonderful parent. Your comment is very inspiring. Thanks very much for sharing your thoughts here. :)

  10. I think using animals is wrong no matter how you slice it. I like the idea of giving the animals in our care a purpose, a job, a reason to be as it is essential to happy life but any time the doing of that required unsavory means – it’s a no go. I work in a lab dealing with chemicals all the time, we do not do any animal testing in my lab but during our OSHA required safety meetings they very casually discuss the LD50 (lethal dose) ratings and then go further to say “Of the animals exposed to this chemical, 50% of them died and 50% of them were very, very sick.” It makes me so heart weary.

    In a course I took in college, probably the first that changed my thinking, I saw this video which was used to demonstrate the power of electrocution and eventually aided in the acceptance of this form of capital punishment. The quality is not great, it’s over 100 years old, but it could be considered graphic.

    Knowledge is most definitely power.

    • Thanks so much for your comment! That’s good to know that the lab you work in doesn’t test on animals, but I can empathize with you during those safety meetings. It seems like animals are used for everything ranging from entertainment purposes to lab experiments. Just sad to me! By the way, thanks for sharing the video. Although I must admit that it was one of the saddest videos I have ever seen! :( Anyway, I appreciate you dropping by. I love your “A Dog A Day” project! I’m glad Addie introduced us. :)

  11. Bongo says:

    It’s been a very long time since my person has been to a circus and she had no idea the animals were being treated cruelly behind the scenes. She says she doesn’t plan to go to a circus again – at least not one with animals in it. There’s no reason animals – and people – can’t be treated with respect.

    • Be sure and thank your “person” Bongo for taking time to watch the video. I kind of figured that she cared a lot about animals. It’s never fun to watch undercover circus videos, but I think it’s important to see them. The animal circus might be fun for some people; however, each time that I have seen undercover circus videos, the animals never look like they are having fun to me. Nonetheless, not so long ago I was driving down the road when I noticed that the circus was in town. I saw elephants with chains on their feet standing right by the roadside. The elephants were not able to move freely at all. I felt very sad for them. It just seemed so inhumane to me. I personally don’t like to see animals confined like that. Prisoners get more freedom than that! At least they can move around in their cell. Anyway, I know that you can empathize with what I’m saying Bongo. After all, you are an animal. And a very cool one at that! I appreciate you dropping by and commenting. :)

  12. I share your humble opinion, Donna. We naively took our kids to a circus in the 1980s and what I saw during the show was upsetting enough – I could only imagine what went on behind the scenes. Would not go to a rodeo now, either.

    It’s not surprising that we hear of elephants turning on their captors, even killing them, from time to time.

    http://www.riskmanagementmonitor.com/when-circus-animals-kill/

    Now we are fans of circuses that feature only human performers, who are there by choice, like Cirque du Soleil. We saw it when we were at Disney World – you should go!

    Have you read *Water for Elephants* by Sara Gruen? The book is better than the movie. I fell in love with Rosie, a mischievous, intelligent, circus elephant who eventually takes her revenge on the cruel head trainer.

    • Thanks Barbara! I bet you and your family had a fantastic time at Cirque du Soleil. I will be going soon. I know it’s going to be awesome. I don’t need animals to entertain me! As for the rodeo, I am totally with you on that one too. I’ve never been to a rodeo. And I won’t ever be going to one.

      I appreciate you including the link Barbara. It is no wonder that circus elephants sometimes snap and rebel against their captors/trainers. As a matter of fact, this happened right here at the local community college back in 1992. Janet (aka Kelly) the elephant was taken from her mother from the jungles of Southeastern Asia, and put to work with the Great American Circus.

      Janet had been giving rides all day, and had numerous children on her back when she snapped, and turned on her handlers. She proceeded to attack her trainer’s car. They were not able to calm her. Moreover, the circus did not even have a tranquilizer gun! Sadly, police shot Janet over and over again until she eventually died. The whole incident is beyond devastating to me. It brings tears to my eyes just thinking about it. And to think that this happened in my own community!

      As for “Water for Elephants,” I haven’t read the book, or seen the movie. That being said, I hope that it’s a happy ending for the elephant in the book, in the movie, and in real life too! Anyway, thanks for sharing that. I always look forward to reading your insightful and compassionate comments. :)

  13. Animals are not here to entertain us but to grace us with their presence. They deserve honour and respect along with all living beings. sighs. we have a long way to go, us humans who consider ourselves the superior creature!

    • Thanks so much Joceline for your very wise words! :) I think your nickname “Crone” fits you beautifully. I appreciate your insight. Hopefully, humans will come to understand that animals were not put here for our entertainment.

  14. magsx2 says:

    Hi,
    The last time I was at a circus I was very young, a long, long time ago now.
    I’m sorry I couldn’t watch any of the videos, I cannot stand to watch people hurting animals. But I admire you for the excellent post and bringing these things to everyones attention.

    • Thanks magsx2 for your very kind comment! I appreciate you taking time to drop by and read my post. Just being here speaks volumes. It’s clear to me that you care a lot about animals, so kudos to you for that! I hope you drop by again sometime. By the way, my next post will be very uplifting. :)

  15. Just want to thank you for the last comment. It made me smile after a tiring day at work. You always give a positive and encouraging comment. The world needs more people like you who breathes kindness to all. Wishing you and your family all the wonderful blessings in life,

    • You’re very welcome IT! And you just put a smile on my face with your very kind words! It’s a blessing in knowing that I have wonderful blogging friends like you. I wasn’t expecting you to drop back by to thank me. So, thanks to you for your very thoughtful comment. By the way, I think that you need to change “tries to make a difference” to “does make a difference” in your gravatar profile. :)

  16. munchow says:

    Thanks for creating awareness about the issue. It is very important. Animals should not be treated as in the video. They should be treated with respect like any other living being. Just like you I like to experience animals roaming free in their natural habitat. So is it cruel to keep animals for entertainment? For me the answer isn’t necessarily clear cut. People have dogs and cats for personal «entertainment» if you want, and for me it comes down to whether the animal actually thrives in the relationship with human beings or not. Then it doesn’t really matter for me if it’s as a close companion, friend and/or for some other reason.

    • Thanks very much Otto! I appreciate you sharing your perspective. One thing I really enjoy about blogging is that I get to hear other points of view. It makes for an interesting discussion. I always welcome a thought provoking discussion!

      I wholeheartedly agree with you that it’s important for animals to “thrive” in their relationships with humans. In particular, domesticated animals generally thrive very well with humans provided that they have a loving home. Fortunately, more people are choosing to adopt homeless cats and dogs from shelters. I think adopting an animal is a wonderful way to provide a loving home for an animal that would otherwise be euthanized. In return, pet parents are rewarded with unconditional love. I think that having a pet is a mutually satisfying relationship for both pet and parent.

      As for “personal entertainment,” I admit that both cats and dogs can be entertaining while chasing their tails! Ha! Ha! However, I don’t make my pets entertain me. That’s their choice to do so. I think that’s what differentiates pets from circus animals. In other words, circus animals do not have a choice. They must entertain/perform constantly whether they want to or not. It’s part of their job.

      In addition, I think that the “training techniques” used on circus animals give no chance for them to “thrive” in that type of environment. Specifically, I’m referring to bullhooks, whips, electric prods, and other painful methods that in my opinion are cruel and inhumane. These “training methods” are another example of what I think differentiates pets from circus animals. For instance, I think that most people would consider using a whip on a cat or dog as animal abuse. Yet, whips are commonly used in the circus.

      The circus is a business; the employees are there to make a living. The animals are there simply to work, and to entertain people–willingly or not. In contrast, people take in pets to provide a loving home. They don’t make money off their pets, but much rather spend money on them. So, it is the exact opposite relationship. It’s a nurturing environment that is not profit driven. On the other hand, the circus is all about making money. I think therein lies the difference–and the problem.

      Did I mention that I love an interesting discussion? Ha! Ha! I hope I didn’t bore you with my lengthy reply. As you might guess, I’m pretty passionate about this issue. So, thanks very much for the very engaging conversation. It’s comments like yours that inspire me. I may not be a frequent blogger, but I love to interact with other bloggers! So, thanks for sharing your thoughts. Best wishes to you and your family. :)

  17. Cafe23 says:

    Awwww oh no :(
    I couldn’t even watch past the first minute of that video, it was really painful to watch.
    How can we do things like this to such beautiful creatures?
    I’m so sad now … But thank you for bringing awareness.

    • Thanks so much “Cafe23″ for dropping by and commenting! I can empathize with you on the video. I “hated” seeing those beautiful animals being treated like that too. Yet, I think that these undercover circus videos give us some real insight into what goes on “behind the scenes.” That being said, I’m not a fan of animals “performing” at all. I think it’s unnatural for them to do so. Aside from the physical stress to their bodies, I think it’s inhumane to keep those beautiful creatures confined the way that they do. Of course, that is just my humble opinion. I just want to raise awareness, so that people can make their own choices. Nonetheless, thanks for sharing your thoughts. I hope that you drop by again soon! :)

  18. WordsFallFromMyEyes says:

    I agree and agree and agree and agree and agree.

    I have brought my son up not to prefer animals doing tricks & entertaining humans. Neither of us are into it. THOSE DAYS ARE OVER. NO ONE should go to such shows, NO ONE.

    I remember seeing a youtube video of a Chinese kid dangling some food into an enclosure where – I can’t remember the animal! – a caged animal was, and bringing the stick up whenever the animal went for it. This was to him entertainment. HIS PARENTS SHOULD TELL HIM OFF SEVERELY. It was a lack of being able to sympathise for the living being. I suspect the parents thought nothing of it. It saddened me greatly.

    • Wow! I really appreciate your comment! I think that’s really wonderful to know that you have such a compassionate heart towards animals. Plus, I think it’s great to hear that you are instilling your “compassionate values” in Daniel. So, kudos to you for that!

      As for the You Tube video, that sounds very sad indeed. :( And where were that kid’s parents anyway? I think it’s so important that we teach kids to be kind to animals. After all, animals were not put here for our amusement. Anyway, thanks so much for sharing that. You really made a great point. By the way, I’ll be catching up with your blog soon. :)

  19. http://www.congressweb.com/cweb2/index.cfm/siteid/BreakTheChain/action/TakeAction.Contact/lettergroupid/5

    Enter your contact information to begin the automated email to your Congressperson to ask for their support of H.R. 3359, the Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act.

    I also wanted to share this beautiful video with you folks.

    Today was our first day of protesting the Ringling shows in our town for this year. I went back to look at the elephants, and if you actually go back there and see them, you will see how distressed they are. They sway back and forth obsessively. They look very tired. They are chained up to a truck. Their chains are only about 4 feet long.
    It just brings tears to my eyes. You should see how they transport them. These animals walk thousands of miles in the wild. Humans force them in a box to travel all around the country for their profit.

    To make things worse, today’s show was sold out! A lot of people still don’t know….or just don’t care.

    • Wow! I really appreciate you dropping back by and commenting again my friend. The information that you provided is so very important. I fully support this bill. I think it’s about time we do away with the “traveling circus” altogether. I first heard about this bill from one of the most dedicated and tireless animal rights activist on this planet. I’m referring to former television game show host Bob Barker. I had heard that he was on Capitol Hill advocating for Congress to support this bill. That being said, I hope that more people will support this bill, and that it passes soon!

      It breaks my heart too knowing that such beautiful creatures are kept confined like that. :( How could anyone support that? Yet, the show was sold out! That says we have a long way to go in educating people, or is it that people don’t care about animals? I am hopeful that it’s a matter of education/awareness. Positive change comes slowly, but it does come. We just have to keep moving forward. After all, the animals need us. They can’t speak for themselves. The voiceless need our voices. Nonetheless, I say kudos to you for doing your part to help animals. I think that you are a wonderful role model for your daughter!

      Last but not least, thanks for sharing such a beautiful video. I have never seen anything quite like that before. It truly was a breathtaking experience for me. :)

  20. I agree with you….we need to keep moving forward.
    My sister sent me this video the other day and it just made me so sad seeing the animals at the protest today.

    I just see myself, my daughter, and my loved ones in these other creatures’ eyes.

    Today was our second day of Ringling Bros protesting and from talking to so many people, I have realized that so many are still unaware of what goes on “under the big top”.

  21. I thought I would also share the Dumbo video with you all :)…
    After watching Dumbo and Bambi as a child, I decided that I disliked zoos, circuses, hunting, or any form of animal abuse….
    I wish they made more movies like this for children so they can empathize with other sentient beings.

    • I totally agree Isobelle! I’m glad you mentioned the zoo as well. I personally dislike seeing animals in cages. It makes me sad. :( So, I’m with you on that one too. I much rather know that animals are roaming free as nature intended them to be. And don’t get me started on hunting! I certainly don’t support that one either.

      Thanks again for sharing this video for everyone to watch. I wish they had more like this one for kids too. It’s even touching for us adults to watch! I wish you and your family all the best. :)

  22. jakesprinter says:

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  23. */-)ndr¡X* says:

    I agree with you, and I’m an animal lover also.
    Indeed I volunteer with some ONG’s and I know people think of PETA that in some ways they are extremist, but they also think that of Green Peace and 350.org
    At least they try to do their best effort to make of this world a better place for humans and animals, so good for you to try open people eyes through writing, and thanks for shareing. :D

    • Thanks so much Andrea for dropping by! It’s always nice to meet new bloggers. And it’s super awesome to hear from animal lovers! That’s very kind of you to volunteer. I say kudos to you for doing so.

      I think that you made an excellent point about PETA, Greenpeace, and other groups. I agree with you. The bottom line is that they are trying to make this world a better place for “all of us.”

      I don’t think that there is a group/organization in existence today where we will agree with “everything” that they do. Just like there are no two people who think “exactly” alike. We are uniquely different. Otherwise, we would all be identical clones. And wouldn’t that be scary? Ha! Ha!

      One of my favorite animal rights activists is Captain Paul Watson. As you probably already know, he is with Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. He works tirelessly to protect our marine life. I love the show, “Whale Wars.” I think that Sea Shepherd does a great job in protecting whales “without violence.” Yet, some would say that they are extremists too. My answer to that would be to ask Paul Watson whether or not he cares what others think of him. After all, he doesn’t work for them. As he likes to say, his clients are the whales! Anyway, I don’t know whether or not you have seen the show, but it’s worth a look.

      I appreciate your insightful comment Andrea! And thanks very much for subscribing too. I hope that you drop back by again soon. I’ve got a new post coming this week. I don’t post frequently, but I do interact with my blogging friends regularly. :)

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