Release circus animals

 

I am appalled and disappointed at the Jan. 16 article and photos, Cool cats at the circus, glorifying Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus animals in captivity. Bengal tigers, lions and elephants are wild animals that are not supposed to be domesticated and trained to jump through hoops, literally and figuratively. Seeing the photo of Tabita, a 2-year-old Bengal tiger leaping over a barricade, in a cage, is so unnatural. It’s disturbing and very sad.

Wild animals are not necessary to make a circus successful. Look at the profitable Cirque du Soleil, which began as a protest against circuses using wild animals in their acts. The abuse and anxiety these animals experience is heartbreaking, and their use in circuses should be illegal.

Monica Harvey, Miami Beach

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