82_28 » Sun Jan 15, 2017 6:00 am wrote:"Crazy". I've never been to the circus. While I more than deplore the subjugation of anything, it will be sort of sad to see the history of it go away. So many good metaphors, analogies and insults have come from "the circus".
Life Among the Elephants (and Bears, and Wolves, and Lions)
Inside a California sanctuary for retired performance animals and rescued illegal pets
http://www.theatlantic.com/science/arch ... ns/433968/
Director of Keenesburg Wild Animal Sanctuary says it may be home to some Ringling Bros. circus animals after closure
KEENESBURG — It’s the day animal rights activists have waited years for, and a sad day for others who grew up going to the circus.
Ringling Brothers announced it is shutting down its long-running circus, after 146 years.
There are still around 30 performances between now and the last show in May of 2017.
After that the question is, what happens to the animals?
“They were trained to perform for treats and other things — so the idea of working for their worth — and they get rewarded. For us to unwind all that, and teach them that they don’t have to work for food, they can just enjoy life.— Pat Craig, director of the Wild Animal Sanctuary
The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg has taken in circus animals, including some from Ringling Brothers, in the past.
Executive Director Pat Craig says the transition from a life on the road and in cages, to one of wide open spaces can take some time.
“They were trained to perform for treats and other things — so the idea of working for their worth – and they get rewarded. For us to unwind all that, and teach them that they don’t have to work for food, they can just enjoy life,” Craig told Tribune media partner Denver7.
Craig said the USDA normally works with sanctuaries to decide where the animals will go. The circus has pledged to find all the animals homes.
1. THEY CAN IDENTIFY LANGUAGES.
Researchers at the University of Sussex in Brighton, UK have discovered that African elephants can distinguish differences in human gender, age, and ethnicity purely by the sound of someone’s voice. If the voice belongs to a person who is more likely to pose a threat, the elephants switch into defensive mode.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has called for a boycott of the family film A Dog's Purpose, after video surfaced Wednesday that appears to show one of the movie's star dogs performing under duress.
TMZ posted the video with the headline "Terrified German Shepherd forced into turbulent water." The video, which TMZ says was shot on the set in 2015, purports to show a rescue scene in which the trainer looks to be forcing the dog into a pool of rushing water, as the dog repeatedly claws to stay on land.
The edited video then shows what appears to be the same German Shepherd sinking in the pool as one crew member yells "Cut it!" and others rush over to help the animal.
The world is ending and only the whales know. At least, that’s one explanation. Humpback whales are normally pretty solitary—scientists used to call groups of 10 to 20 “large.” Now they’re congregating in groups of 20 to 200 off the coast of South Africa. Something is definitely going on here, but so far experts are stumped.
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