OK, so I'm sure this will be a controversial post, but I'm putting it out there, anyway. I've always battled with the decision as to whether or not to take Carter to the circus. We did so once....years ago when he was around 2 years old....and have never been back since. Nothing tragic happened.....but we waited for him to show a big interest in it and he has not, so we've not suggested it.
He's gone since then with family and loved it and of course, we had no objections. The only reason why I've questioned taking him again is the uncomfortable feeling I get while being there. I couldn't concentrate on the fun....could only focus on what life these animals are provided beyond getting in and out of cages to perform for us.
So, I ran across this article from one of the blogs I read and thought it was an intersting prospective. I don't agree with all of it....and it mentions zoos, which summons even more questions as to whether or not they're fair to animals. I'm not on opposed to zoos. From what I understand, the animals are treated fairly and provided an environment very much like what they would be exposed to in the wild. So, in my mind, zoos pass the test. Circuses, I'm still on the fence about.
There is a video, too, included in this article and I should warn you before you view it because it's pretty sad. The article itself is safe.
If I'm missing something in this personal debate, let me know, either in the comments section or via email. I'd love to know your opinions.