The Real Monster Behind Animal Entertainment

Posted on May 11, 2011


By Michael Rodriguez.

Mistreated Circus Elephant

In “The Allegory of the Cave”, Plato writes of prisoners in a cave who can only see images on a wall and concludes ,” All in all, then, what people in the situation would take for truth would be nothing more than the shadows of the manufactured objects. What Plato mean by this is  you have people who live in the dark since childhood state and they were actually puppets to those who possessed intelligence  and were made believe that what they were visioning  was something that only their own understanding and knowledge that they obtain could of understand. Such a metaphoric story relates to a lot of the issues in today’s world. One of the modern day issues that I’m speaking about is the rights of animals. We as people see what on a daily basis and ignore it, just like the prisoners in Plato’s story didn’t see the truth behind the burning shadowy figures.  I believe that people are not acknowledging that these animals are screaming for help and not giving them a single hand. People have to acknowledge that just like all the problems we have in the world, animal slavery is one of them.  Instead of breeding animals and giving them a better home we use the ideal of giving them knowledge to entertain people. The idea sounds good but is not as friendly as what the media wants you to think.  Don’t you wonder what these animals go through behind the curtains?  What if situation is not healthy for the animals?  The truth is animals are abuse even if they don’t perform the tricks they were told to do in the first place.

Most of us grew up taking trips to the circus, zoo, marine park or rodeo our eyes filed with joy & plenty of

Youtube Video of Circus Elephant Being Tortured

excitement we become mesmerized by the beautiful sceneries with the people & mostly the animals doing the tricks. As we leave the scene what really happens to these poor creatures?  To what extent are they being pushed to achieve those tricks? Are they being treated as nicely as the people treat us the crowd or are they beat until they remember the procedures. What are some of the radical steps used to train them? Well, for starter food deprivation and beating them with painful whips. The trainers have in mind that this method they have been using has shown good results in the animal’s behavior. These are examples lies behind the circus, as when parents take their little kids to takes us to the circus to see these wonderful creatures do incredible tricks that we wouldn’t imagine that they could off pulled far from our imagination. Like the Allegory of the cave the figures on the wall represents the Illusionist circus that our parents or favorite uncles, or best teacher took us when we were young. Once you see the animal achieve the succeeding trick, the crowd roars and applaud the amazing creature not knowing when he goes back stage the 2 or 3 minute star goes back to relive his nightmare.

But the crowd is blinded by the truth because they are not taking into consideration that all the trainer does is create animal exploitation, they built fear into these animals to get them to perform, and that doesn’t sound like the positive feedback. Positive feedback to me is when the trainer demands the animal to perform a tick and after the trick is done, the animal receives a treat.

These animals don’t want to be locked in cages and jumping through the burning hoops they want to be free in the wild where they belong. The animal entertainment industry has gotten so far off the line that they even have illegal underground businesses where they have rooster go in a brutal fight against each other. This gruesome sport is called cockfighting. The idea started in ancient civilizations when they have roosters fight against each other until one of them is extremely hurt or just dies. The reward to the sport it could either be bid on or a money reward would be involved.  This was popular in China and India and then it dominated the globe with urban countries and the whole Middle East. Just like having rooster s killing each other for money you have sport that aggravates the animal and end up killing them. Bullfighting traces its roots since the prehistory of the bull worship and sacrifice. Bullfighting is often linked to Rome, where many human-versus animal’s event were held, then later to be rumor that it was introduce into Hispania by the Emperor Claudius. Supporters of bullfighting argue that it is a culturally important tradition and a fully developed art form on par with painting, dancing and music, while animal rights advocates hold that it is a blood sport resulting in the suffering of bulls and horses. But is this just brutal sport or is it tradition?  The history of animals use for entertainment draws back thousands of years ago. During the ancient civilization rulers were amazed by exotic animals.  Theirs Archeological evidence that shows that rulers kept these wild lions in cages as far as 2,000 B.C. Stories in the bible mention how lions were kept in cages years before Christ. Ancient Ruler’s kept these wild beings to symbolize wealth and power. Ancient civilization such as Egypt, China, Babylonia, Assyria and Roman rulers also gather these rare creatures. Such as Elephants, Giraffes, Wild Cats, Lions and so on. The reason for their collection was for educational purposes, they wanted to know more about these wild beings. The ancient emperors entertain them self’s and the public by putting these animals in an arena or a Circuses which the most famous one resides in Rome. They use to pair these wild beings either with another furious animal or with human gladiators. When it comes to Animal Entertainment based on brutality, such as canine or feline, cockfighting, bulls and bearbaiting takes us back to Europe during the middle Ages.  Hostage wild animals were also as a new trend of popularity to use as an item. The Europeans brought back the trend of bringing these wild animals and captivating them in these exhibits called menageries. Menageries are cages and small pits in where they set the wild creature, segregating the animals from harming people.

Trainer Abusing a Circus Elephant

Animal training refers to teaching animals specific responses to specific conditions or stimuli. Training may be for the purpose of companionship, detection, protection, entertainment or all of the above. It is true that animal at some point of the training it’s being thought by punishment and in some cases even severe punishment but according to trainers that’s because they want to condition and animals responses.  This is because the training relies on providing the different outcomes in the animal’s response to cues and verbal commands. There is also a disagreement as to how to best respond to animals that do not perform as requested. Over time, the use of punishment has been greatly reduced. As with the training of other animals such as horses and dogs there has been a concerted movement that threats away the use of physical punishment and an appreciation that its use can cause anxiety and problem behaviors in animals.Can this be the cause of Animal’s aggression?

According to Avma.Org in today’s day most trainers agree that, if physical punishment is to be used, it should be infrequent and non-injurious. In most of today cases you have violent trainers, it comes to the point that they brutally beaten the animal to so call show them discipline.  In other cases it could even lead to death. What you think happens to dogs in a underground dog fight? If one of the opponent’s dogs loses their possibility that the dog would live is very low. The trainer would kill the dog due to the fact that they believe the dog is useless and this is due to the sport believe system. There’s No love for these animals in this brutal sport is either dead or Alive, Last Canine standing, and there’s also a similar concept to other animal entertainments.

Most animal training systems no longer include physical punishment to correct behavior, but instead rely on negative reinforcement (where a mildly unpleasant stimulus is withdrawn only when the correct behavior is performed) or negative punishment (where a satisfying or pleasant resource is withdrawn when an incorrect behavior is performed).

Even though Animal beating could be part of the exercise to discipline the creature better performance at a show it could lead to a nightmarish tragedy.  Let’s put a last year tragedy to an example where an animal was push to limit and lash back at the trainer. In February 24, 2010 Sea World, Orlando Florida, 40 year old Kelly Byrne who was a specialist in training mammals, was killed by a 12000 lb killer whale. Now was this because the whale was an aggressive animal? or because it wasn’t user friendly? To this point you have to think how you would feel if you were kidnapped away from your love ones, and transformed to a puppet for the amusement of us.

Research shows that Orcas are always in a Pact and can’t be segregated. Is it possible that the animal felt some sort of way that day? This is an example of a wild animal push to its limit due to harsh training and it segregated settings to the wild life, which trigger the being to relapse to its natural wild self. This is where the million dollar question begins do you blame the killer whale for the murder of Kelly Byrne?  ( Killer Whale Incident @ Sea World )

Are we really condoning this type of behavior and in justice? Are we the ones who supposed to teach the Animal Discipline or should we wake up and look twice at what are we are doing and see who is the real animal in this scene?  I believe we are in some way if we attend these events; we need to show them that either treats animals with some sort of respect and then will some positive feedback works. Animal’s Freedom

If you’re interested in the Anti-Animal Brutality you may visit WWW.PETA.ORG for more information and donation for animals who is calling for help. If we won’t stand up for them then who will?

Works Cited

“Welfare Implications of Elephant Training.”  Avma.Org.  American Veterinary Medical Association. 14 April 2008. Web.  10 April 2011.

“Animals Entertainment-History.”  Net Industries. Web. 10 April. 2011