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  1. Using animals in entertainment spectacles means removing animals from their natural habitat, keeping them confined in cages, and engaging them in unnatural behavior, all for human amusement.
  2. There are variety of entertainment venues animals are used for, particularly circuses, zoos, and aquariums
  3. Circus training for animals often brutal and dangerous. Training methods can include use of beating clubs, electric prods, and deprivation of food.
  4. There are 440 zoos in the US and 228 of them are accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. To be accredited, the zoos and aquariums must fill out a detailed accreditation application and undergo a multiple day on-site expert inspection.
  5. There is not a lot of protection for entertainment animals on the state and federal level. Many of the animals are not covered by the federal Animal Welfare Act.

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  1. Many circus animals travel -- for 11 months a year -- in box cars without temperature control, nor separate spaces for sleeping, eating, and defecating.
  2. 8 countries have completely banned circuses. They are: Bolivia, Greece, the Netherlands, Peru, Cyprus, Paraguay, Colombia, and Slovenia.
  3. Sea animals such as whales and dolphins are accustomed to traveling distances of 40 to 100 miles in a day, but when confined to a tank, they instead begin swimming in static patterns.
  4. Horses are often injected with cocaine and other illegal drugs to disguise the pain they might feel during races.
  5. Dogfighting, cockfighting, and hog-dog fighting are the three most common types of animal fighting.
  6. Dogfighting and cockfighting are illegal in all 50 states of the US.

Sources

  • 1

    Born Free USA. “Ten Fast Facts about Animals in Entertainment.” 2014. Web Accessed November 7, 2014.

  • 2

    Animal Equality. “Entertainment.” 2014. Web Accessed November 7, 2014.

  • 3

    The Humane Society. “Circus Myths: The true cruelty under the big top.” September 25, 2009. Web Accessed November 7, 2014.

  • 4

    Association of Zoos and Aquariums. “September 2014 Accreditation Results.” September 2014. Web Accessed November 7, 2014.

  • 5

    Born Free USA. “Ten Fast Facts about Animals in Entertainment.” 2014. Web Accessed November 7, 2014.

  • 6

    PAWS. “Enjoy the Circus? The Animals Don’t.” 2014. Web Accessed November 7, 2014.

  • 7

    Kantamneni, Visala. “These 8 Countries Have Banned Wild Animals in Circuses...Why Can’t We Do It?” One Green Planet, March 19, 2014. Web Accessed November 7, 2014.

  • 8

    The National Humane Education Society. “Captive Creatures: Zoos and Aquariums.” 2010. Web Accessed November 7, 2014.

  • 9

    Conder, Chuck and Wian, Casey. “Animal welfare activists: Horse racing industry needs reform.” CNN, June 9, 2012. Web Accessed November 7, 2014.

  • 10

    Animal Legal Defense Fund. “Animal Fighting Facts.” February 2009. Web Accessed November 7, 2014.

  • 11

    The Humane Society. “Dogfighting Fact Sheet.” January 15, 2014. Web Accessed November 7, 2014; ASPCA, “Cockfighting.” 2014. Web Accessed November 7, 2014.

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