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Animals in Entertainment - Circuses, Zoos, Rodeos, and Racing

This page will explore the ethical issues behind using animals in entertainment, including circuses, zoos, rodeos, racing, cockfighting, and dog fighting. Issues will include confinement of wild animals in captivity, and the ethics of training and forcing animals to perform and fight.
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Animal Cruelty in Circuses
How are Circuses Cruel to the Animals? What is the Solution?

Should Zoos Keep Endangered Species?
Zoos are widely regarded as guardians of endangered species, so why do animal rights activists object to zoos keeping endangered species?

What Does "No Animals Were Harmed" Mean?
What does the sentence "No Animals Were Harmed®" from the American Humane Association at the end of the credits of a movie or TV show mean? Most people would be surprised to learn that it doesn't literally mean that no animals were harmed.

Aquariums and Animal Rights - What's Wrong with Aquariums?
Why do animal rights activists oppose aquariums? Do fish and have rights? What are the concerns about keeping marine mammals in captivity?

Arguments For and Against Zoos
As children, we're taught that zoos save endangered species and educate the public about animals, but zoos are not that simple and the arguments for and against zoos concern the treatment of the animals as well as the real lessons that children learn.

Horse Racing and Animal Rights - Whats Wrong with Horse Racing
What kinds of cruelty or abuse are involved in horse racing, and what is the animal rights position on horse racing? What are the animal welfare concerns about horse racing?

Arguments For and Against Horse Slaughter
While animal advocates argue against horse slaughter, some horse breeders and owners say that horse slaughter is a necessary evil.

The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and Animal Cruelty
Background and history of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race; Cruelty to the dogs and other animals, including culling, beating, whipping and deaths, from an animal rights perspective.

What's the Difference Between a Zoo and a Sanctuary?

Rodeos and Animal Cruelty
Rodeos and Animal Cruelty: In rodeos, animals are brutalized, terrorized, roped, wrestled, and sometimes injured and killed. Events include calf roping, bronc riding, bull riding, and steer wrestling.

Marius the Giraffe Killed at Copenhagen Zoo
Marius the giraffe was killed by the Copenhagen zoo, because he's not genetically important enough.

Blackfish Movie - Review and Aftermath
If I could summarize the film Blackfish in one sentence it would be this: The treatment of killer whales at SeaWorld is even worse than you imagined.

What is Bestiality?
Animal advocates oppose bestiality (also known as beastiality or zoophilia) for different reasons from most people.

Elephant from Water for Elephants Movie Abused
A video by an animal protection organization allegedly shows Tai the elephant, star of the movie "Water for Elephants," being abused with beatings and electric shocks.

Study Shows Elephants in Zoos Live Shorter Lives
A study published in Science magazine in December, 2008, finds that zoo captivity shortens elephants' lives. An international team of researchers examined data from over 4,500 elephants, and found that elephants in zoos live much shorter lives compared to those in Kenya's Amboseli National Park and even compared to elephants working in a logging camp in Myanmar.

Why Are Horses Sold for Slaughter?
Why are horses sold for slaughter? Unlike farms with cows, pigs and chickens, no one in the US seems to be breeding horses specifically for slaughter, so where do the horses come from?

Taiji Japan Dolphin Slaughter
Approximately 1,500 dolphins are slaughtered in the annual dolphin hunt in Taiji, Japan. A small number are captured and sold to aquariums to suffer in captivity.

China Bans Animal Circuses; Restricts Zoos
What does China's ban on animal performances mean for its circuses, its zoos, and the animals?

The Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act Could Ban Circus Animals
If passed, the Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act (TEAPA) would ban traveling circuses from using exotic animals like elephants and tigers.

Zoos Kill Animals
The Copenhagen Zoo became the center of worldwide controversy when they killed Marius the giraffe in February of 2014, but zoos regularly kill animals after overbreeding.

100 Sled Dogs Killed in Canada After Tourism Slump
A sled dog tour company in Canada killed 100 sled dogs when post-Olympics tourism declined.

HBO Cancels Show After Third Horse Dies
HBO has canceled the show “Luck” after three horses died in separate incidents during filming. The show about horse racing starred Dustin Hoffman and was canceled following a demand from the American Humane Association, which oversees animal action in movies and television.

Performing Animal Welfare Society
Performing Animal Welfare Society rescues abused animals and surplus animals from zoos, circuses and other forms of animal entertainment.

Circus Cruelty
This PeTA website documents animal cruelty in circuses.

Greyhounds and Horses in Racing
This website by In Defense of Animals explains the cruelty behind horse racing and greyhoung racing.

Showing Animal Respect and Kindness
SHARK campaigns against animal cruelty at rodeos.

Elephants in Zoos
Elephants are widely regarded as the animals who suffer the most in zoos. Website by PeTA.

Iditarod Information From the Sled Dog Action Coalition
The Sled Dog Action Coalition documents cruelty to the sled dogs in the Iditarod sled dog race.

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