I was happy to hear the Shrine Circus will no longer be using elephants in their shows. I only wish the elephants could go to a sanctuary now rather than waiting for a couple of years. It is unclear to me, though, why the Circus will continue to use other animals. If it is not good for the elephants, what makes it okay for the others? In similar headlines, Sea World has come under criticism for their treatment of the whales under their care. Many folks also question the keeping of animals in zoos.
All of these story lines raise good questions and concerns about the way humans use, and often abuse, animals who are meant to live in the wild. But even if we decide against including these beautiful animals for human entertainment, the solution is not easy. We can’t just send them back into the wild where they have never lived. And even if we could, they would face many dangers - including poachers - they are not prepared for.
At least the conversation has begun, and hopefully, some day this conversation will lead to greater respect and understanding for all of the creatures w share this planet with.