One small step on the ladder of saving animals! First it’s Sea World stopping the use of orcas (though not all the other animals the have in captivity but baby steps I guess or maybe we call them snail steps). Now New York City is banning the use of wild animals in circuses. And it wasn’t even close! “In a decisive vote of 43 to 6, the New York City Council voted yesterday to ban the use of wild animals in circuses”. WHAAAA?!
“Both the New York Daily News and the New York Post agree: The momentum of the animal rights movement is not going to stop with wild animal acts. In a few short years, they may “free wild animals from captivity by shuttering New York’s zoos,” warned The Daily News. “If the zealots can finish off the circus, they’ll set their sights on zoos and aquariums next,” the Post wrote bitterly. These editorials echo the worst fears of the lobbyists for a dying industry: First circuses, then racetracks, then labs, then aquariums, then zoos, then farms. “Don’t expect it to end here,” said the Post.”
HAHAHA! I find this so funny because it makes me giddy! Let me call out this quote:
“If the zealots can finish off the circus, they’ll set their sights on zoos and aquariums next,” the Post wrote bitterly.
First off, zealots…haha. Second off, YES! THAT IS THE POINT!!! Freeing animals from the circus is just a small step for the animals. Animal rights activists want ALL animals freed from places they’re being exploited. For vegans it’s not just no animal products, it’s anti-animal exploitation as well. And what are zoos, aquariums, and circuses? They are ONLY places where animals are being used to bring in money. That’s it. No one would go to a zoo with no animals and just nature documentaries playing.
My all time favorite quote from the article:
Animal advocates have turned the impossible into the inevitable.
Everyone who was ever told to “man up” and “get over” cruelty to animals — anyone who was ever told that the exploitation of animals is simply a fact of life — can now say with confidence: “No. It doesn’t have to be this way. A better, kinder world is possible.”
(Can I just quote the entire article as a post?!) The meat industry has always lead society to believe that ‘real men’ eat meat and that meat=manliness. Hunting as well. I’m not saying it’s only men but it’s definitely seen as a ‘manly sport’ (different post about why hunting is not a sport). To me, a ‘real man’ isn’t cruel. He values life, in all forms.
(Alright, last one)
So once again, I find myself agreeing with The Daily News: “[I]t’s hypocritical as hell for government to ban heavily regulated circuses while we put captive wild animals on display for our edification, nevermind put millions of other animals on our plates.”
EXACTLY!!! That’s what we’ve been saying ALL along. Why do you eat a burger and think that’s ok, while petting your dog? It’s completely hypocritical.
It’s one small step on the animal rights ladder but we’re working our way to the top! It’s a long, uphill battle but we’re doing it! Rights for all animals, not just our pets!
Read the article here. The NYC Circus Ban Is Just The Beginning Seriously, it’s amazing!