Should Circus Animals Be Banned?

Should Circus Animals Be Banned?

There are 177 comments on the KARE Minneapolis story from Sep 21, 2007, titled Should Circus Animals Be Banned?. In it, KARE Minneapolis reports that:

Today, the Minneapolis City Council is set to decide whether to ban wild animals from circuses in town.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at KARE Minneapolis.

EasyMark_ MPLS

Saint Paul, MN

#21 Sep 21, 2007
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#23 Sep 21, 2007
I went to the circus when I was a kid. I think that banning the animals from the circus is denying future generations to enjoy the same show that we did when we were kids.
Glen St Louis Park

Chanhassen, MN

#25 Sep 21, 2007
Doug wrote:
YOU have got to be kidding! This is political correctness gone way to far. glad I don't live in Liberapolis any more. My God don't the council members have better things to do than consider ideas from a bunch of kooks. Plus the circus brings revenue to the city. I am sure the circus takes real good care of their revenue sources.
I couldnt agree more. these are not even animals really. they were born and bred for the circus and are the circuses propety, who gives a darn if the aren't treated to your standards or if a trainer has to hit them a little to train them. thats how you train things and we should be glad that they do because kids love it and thats what circuses are all about. go back to your doobies and rap music liberals and let the grown ups make the important decisions.
Mary J

Chanhassen, MN

#26 Sep 21, 2007
If they listen to PETA or whatever organisation is behind this my three children will be heartbroken. If nobody is willing to use common sense can we at least think of the children? This is what we've come to? Childrens happiness is less important than a big, dumb creature? That is ludicrous. My kids deserve to see these animals perform just as I was able to when I was young. Frankly I could care less if they abuse the animals my kids are worth it and so are yours.

Madison, WI

#27 Sep 21, 2007
who are the morons that are trying to stop this?????????? when was the last person that got sick?????????? how many circus shows go on in the world???? it's quite obviuos that some people have nothing better to do than spoil other peoples fun
Gay Bunch-Hulse


#28 Sep 21, 2007
Glenda wrote:
I am sure in this day and age the circus is not going to harm animals. It will be sad to see this happen and hope the council does not go forward with banning the circus. This is one of the great shows for children to enjoy.
" in this day and age" The killing of the animal trainer in Honolulu took place in 1994. The elephant had a history of being beaten repeatly. Furthermore,the elephant killed the trainer during a show in front of hundreds of children. He then charged toward the spectators with floor seats. They escaped by passing their children to others in the seats above. THe elephant then left the indoor arena and went out into the streets of Honolulu. He was finally shot by a Honolulu Police Officer. Had the elephant not been killed others in the crowded street would surely have been injured.
Animal Lover

Minneapolis, MN

#29 Sep 21, 2007
Circus Animals should not exist.Circus' animal trainers are losers.Ever notice the strict facial expressions on the trainers?I never look at animals that way.People know better.But many of us deny the truth and move along just to see a silly Circus.What a waste of time.The children have no idea.Peoeple that take children to these silly Cirsus shows,never tell the children how the animals are trained.Look into the animals' eyes to,you can see the terror.Cage-Show-Terror... that is an animals life in the Silly Circus Shows.Circus Animal Trainers I know you don't know any better....get a Job!
Fred Flinstone

United States

#30 Sep 21, 2007
Awe, come on now. Next your going to tell me that it's not natural for a tiger to jump through a ring of fire, sit up pretty and roll over? How about a bear to balance on an oversized beach ball, like that doesn't happen in the woods? Well, then don't tell me that you can't ride a zebra !
Big Bear

Crosslake, MN

#31 Sep 22, 2007
I think the Minneapolis City Council was correct in placing more oversite on animal care and treatment ratherthen banning them from being a part of the circus. mistreatment has probably happened but by certain individules, not specific groups. besides, whats a circus without lions & tigers,elephants and horses.

Litchfield, MN

#33 Sep 22, 2007
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Litchfield, MN

#34 Sep 22, 2007
I agree that the circus should not take away the animals. What crazy person would not come to see it then?

Litchfield, MN

#35 Sep 22, 2007
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El Mirage, AZ

#37 Sep 22, 2007
Is training an animal to do something it would not do naturally bad? I think it depends on the methods used in training the animal.


#38 Sep 24, 2007
its cruel and nasty

Saint Paul, MN

#40 Oct 1, 2007
i am a true animal lover at heart and the thought that people would PAY to see a circus is beyond me. animals are abused in the training process, kept in tiny cages and chained when not in a cage. what kind of a life is that for a WILD animal? and if it is all about child enjoyment, then get your kid off their rear end and take them outside to play. kids need to learn that animals are not to be treated cruely, maybe then we would have less animal abuse in domestic animals like dogs and cats.

Bradford, UK

#41 Oct 2, 2007
i think the circus would be good if they treat the anilmals with care , if they do not then the circus should be banned and the animals should be set free to lead there own life... we lead ours by our self why carnt they lead theres by them selves with no one getting in there way?

Williams, MN

#43 Oct 3, 2007
Glenda wrote:
I am sure in this day and age the circus is not going to harm animals. It will be sad to see this happen and hope the council does not go forward with banning the circus. This is one of the great shows for children to enjoy.
Wake up to reality! In this day and age?!?!? Where have you been? This is the worst.....Children don't get it that the treatment is so bad for animals used to entertain them...Teach your kids some ethical treatment. You really don't believe those animals "just learn" how to do those tricks for a biscuit do you? Come on!

Williams, MN

#44 Oct 3, 2007
remenem wrote:
its cruel and nasty
Agree! They need to ban the circus acts! Animals are to be free and live their lives..not with a chain around their ankles and pokers prodding them and thier eyes jabbed to perform tricks for a biscuit.


#45 Oct 4, 2007
these animals can still feel! so why shoud we be in control? it hurts them and thats just animal crulety :(
animal lover

Hallam, Australia

#46 Oct 4, 2007
Jessie said he wants to shoot a tiger don't you know that tigers are endangered we've already lost some species of them because of moronic hunters LEAVE TIGERS ALONE.

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