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7 Entertainments You Should Avoid If You Call Yourself “A True Animal Lover”

If you’re in opposition to animal cruelty and don’t want to participate and support violence against animals then you should be aware of these 8 entertainments with animals participation and avoid them all.

1. Circuses That Use Animals

Isn’t it weird that wild lions, elephants, rhinoceros, primates and many other animals are doing all the commands of several people? There’s something veiled in this all.

Animals in nature NEVER do what they are forced to do in circuses. It’s abnormal for them to ride a bicycle, dance, jump through a burning hoop, and they’re not happy doing all these things at all, but they clearly know what would happen if they don’t do what they must.

Animals are forced to do all the tricks. For instance, tigers naturally fear fire but this fact is not enough for some circuses not to force tigers to jump through fire hoops. Also, they are being burned while doing so. Between performances, the animals live in cramped cages and enclosures, and constant crossings make their lives a nightmare.

Animal rights activists around the world are fighting to ban the use of animals in circuses, and in many countries like Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Norway, Netherlands, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and more they have won a general ban on the use of wild animals in circuses!

Alternative: Circuses That Don’t Exploit Animals

2. Dolphinariums, Oceanariums, Public aquaria

© Dolphinariums, Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums

Dolphins are highly intelligent creatures. They are as smart as apes, and the evolution of their larger brains is amazingly similar to humans.

In nature dolphins and whales are very social, living in groups that hunt and even play together. Large pods of dolphins can have 1,000 members or more and they’re able to swim hundreds of kilometers a day. Locked in tight tanks, they suffer from lack of movement and loneliness cause they are deprived of family and friends. Also their muscles atrophy.

The business of dolphinariums is built on the suffering of animals, from catching young stock to their disease and death in the muddy water of the pool.

In many countries, especially after a string of killer whale attacks on their trainers, this business was recognized cruel and the use of whales and dolphins for shows were banned.

Alternative: sea tour or snorkeling

3. Zoos

© Person Giving Green Leaf on the Monkey in the Cage

The truth about zoos is that for people it’s an opportunity to watch and explore some animals in reality whereas for those animals it’s long-lasting and boring captivity.

Those apes, lions, peacocks, elephants, giraffes, reptiles, wild birds etc. are all the prisoners of human curiosity and his misunderstanding of the fact that animals in literally all zoos are forced to live a life not in their natural habitat. Remember that all living beings want to live a life in freedom.

Alternative: Explore some animals and connect with them in nature!

4. Elephant Rides & Performances

© Raredelights

How many people have ever stopped to think about the detrimental effects of elephant tourism? How do these highly intelligent, incredibly powerful and huge animals find themselves subservient to humans, performing the most unnatural tasks?

Thanks to Indian films and children’s books, many people have the wrong idea of elephants as kind farm animals that are always happy to serve people. In fact, the elephant’s obedience is based on violence and cruelty.

The ceremony takes place usually in Thailand and is called “Phajaan” and they explain it as “Crushing an elephant’s spirit”. Baby elephants endure an intense week of physical and mental torture, forcing them into submission. The elephants are continually beaten with an array of weapons.

Elephants are not vehicles or performers, and should never be used as such!

Each year thousands of elephants are captured, tortured and abused. Only hundreds are rescued and they are today a product of their past. Free as they now are, they still carry the physical and mental scars of a merciless past.

Alternative: Watch elephants with UNBROKEN spirit at a sanctuary.

5. Horse Riding & Horse Racing

© Center for Animal Rights “Vika”

Horse riding can be a pleasant activity both for humans and horses only when a special connection is established between them, based on trust and care. It’s impossible to have this trustful relationship when people treat the horse as a product to consume. Companies offering horse rides in the pursuit of profit do not refuse even to inept and too heavy riders who can easily injure the back of an animal.

But things are even worse when it comes to horse racing cause it’s the most dangerous and traumatic activity for them. Any kind of speed competition is highly stressful for horses. The sensitive skin of their mouth is torn off, the horses break their legs, get sprains and diseases of the joints, their psyche also suffers.

Horses are trained to race and begin racing whilst they are still growing and haven’t yet developed fully. The sporting career of a racehorse lasts a maximum of 10–15 years, after which the injured and mentally unbalanced animals are given to slaughterhouse for meat.

Alternative: visiting a rehabilitation center for horses

6. Hunting, Shooting, Fishing or Any Activity Where an Animal Is Injured or Killed

© Photograph by Brent Stirton, Getty/National Geographic

It’s obvious you may say but did you know that some people still think that “Catch and Release Fishing” is totally okay and is not harming animals at all?

Those who take part in blood sports excuse their actions on a variety of counts. As humans, we have no right to inflict cruelty upon each other and our treatment towards animals should be no different. Suffering is suffering for all creatures and killing an animal for sport is deliberate cruelty at its worst.

If you’re against this exploitative practices, do not attend or participate in any sport that involves hunting, shooting or fishing!

Alternative: Games of hunting, shooting or fishing

7. Petting Zoos

© ARahMar

Petting zoos are one of the most popular children’s entertainment. Parents are happy to allow their children to squeeze kittens, chanterelles, raccoons. It is assumed that the child learns to love wildlife.

At the same time, few people wonder what this wild life feels when it is taken up and stroked for the thousandth time in a day. Also, no one wonders whether animals want to sit in the shopping center for their entire life, not being allowed to see the daylight and to go outdoors.

What else you might understand from petting zoos if it’s not the fact that animals there are needed for people just to have fun?

Alternative: volunteer work at an animal shelter

It seems like for many people the fact that animals can’t stand up for themselves is enough to treat them as just things without spirit and feelings. Animals feel love, pain, joy, fear and they’re here not for us, they live WITH us. Be the voice for the voiceless and if they can’t stand up for themselves YOU can do it instead of them!

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