Archive for February 25th, 2010

Death of an Illusion

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

The fatal attack of a killer whale at Sea World brings up the guilt from which I can usually disassociate myself when I watch elephants.

I love elephants!   I am in awe of their size, intelligence, and their love of other elephants.  When I go to a circus to see them, I have to try hard to forget the high cost of my entertainment.  These incredibly noble creatures are carted in shaky boxcars stop to stop – isolated from every natural element they’ve known and then are forced to perform demeaning tricks for human applause.

Yes, I know circuses treat them well (because they’re too valuable not to) and some are born in captivity but if I thought too much about it, I could never see one “perform” again.  Even if you’re one of the warden’s pet prisoners and get all sorts of perks, he gets to go home every night while you get to stare at the bars.

You just can’t think too much in this world – but I don’t think I can ever go to a circus again.