So, I decided to go to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus elephant walk last week … I wanted to get some new shots while the elephants are still around! … the Circus has decided … to phase out the elephants in the show by 2018.
It seems to me that a lot of people love elephants, and by extension all other wild and exotic animals, many near extinction, because there is a circus and because there are zoos where we can see them and they become real. The conservation and protection of all those magnificent animals depends on public awareness and concern for them. Animals we never see, are animals we never worry about. I can’t answer all the questions about animal treatment and happiness, but it seems to me that PETA is doing more harm than good. And besides, what’s a circus without elephants? Maybe a prelude to a world without elephants?