Outcry about zoo and circus animals leads to rescues, greener pastures

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Source:   —  June 27, 2016, at 3:35 AM

Latest mo in S America were relocated to Emoya Huge Cat Sanctuary in S Africa. They arrived by jet in what was called the largest lion airlift ever — more than 10.000 pounds of king of the jungle.

Outcry about zoo and circus animals leads to rescues, greener pastures

Their ride residence was a roaring success.

Latest mo in S America were relocated to Emoya Huge Cat Sanctuary in South Africa.

They arrived by jet in what was called the largest lion airlift ever — more than 10.000 pounds of king of the jungle.

They'd survived “hell on earth,” said their rescuers with Animal Defenders International, an animal rights group. Through mistreatment and abuse, one had lost an eye, one was nearly blind. Some who'd chewed on the metal bars of their cages needed dental work.

Africa opened its arms wide to the broken beasts. “The lions are returning to where they belong,” said the sanctuary’s founder, Savannah Heuser.

“This is their birthright. African sun, African night skies, African bush and sounds, clouds, summer thunderstorms, large enclosures in a natural setting where they can recollect who they are.”

The large cats found new lives at a time when, around the world, minds are changing about how captive animals are used for education and entertainment purposes.

Ringling Bros. stopped using elephants in its acts latest month. The National Aquarium in Baltimore is retiring its dolphins. SeaWorld has freed Willy. Love the lions, scores of animals rescued from circuses and animal shows are finding sanctuary in safer, greener pastures.

Even Hollywood is being kinder to animals, using computer-generated ones instead of live ones, as in Disney’s hit “The Jungle Book,” .

revealed that a majority of Americans have concerns about the treatment of animals in captivity: animals used in circuses (sixty-nine percent), zoos (fifty-seven percent) and marine parks and aquariums (sixty-two percent).

Nearly a third of Americans, thirty-two percent, said animals should be given the same rights as people, a stronger animal rights sentiment compared with the twenty-five % who held that opinion in 2008.

“Public opinion has always been, and will continue to be, the driving force behind lasting modify for animals used in zoos, circuses and marine parks around the world,” Adam Roberts, CEO of the , said when the poll came out.

latest mo reflected this swelling sea change.

The beloved, 17-year-old male gorilla was killed at the Cincinnati Zoo to rescue a 4-year-old who fell into his enclosure. During all the finger-pointing and second-guessing over Harambe’s death, a wondered, “Why was Harambe in the zoo in the first place?”

Pressure from the public, particularly from youthful people armed with Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, has helped bring about huge changes in recent months. In what's been described as an unprecedented move, the National Aquarium in Baltimore announced latest week that to a seaside sanctuary by the finish of 2020.

All but one of the dolphins, ranging in age from seven to forty-four, have lived their all lives in tanks. Now, number more doing tricks for the public.

“The American public is increasingly uneasy with the notion of keeping dolphins and whales in captivity,” John Racanelli, the aquarium’s chief executive, wrote in an

The announcement followed on the heels of major modify at SeaWorld Parks, too, which saw attendance and public favor dramatically drop after the release of the award-winning two thousand thirteen documentary “Blackfish,” a and its treatment of animals.

In March, SeaWorld announced it'd stop collecting orca whales from the wild and finish its breeding program. The FL company has and signaled that it might drop its controversial whales-doing-stunts shows and become more of an exhibit, love an aquarium.

Conservationists credited the changes in portion to shifting public attitudes.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus also bowed to changing public sentiment, and years of protests by animal rights activists, when it ended a 145-year-tradition of using elephants below the large top. The latest of them performed in May and are presently living in .

In April, executive with the Shrine Circus in Saskatchewan, Canada, announced they'll number longer utilize elephants or tigers in their long-running indicate and might even drop the word “circus,” too.

“Our ethical compass is switching us in the direction of going far from exotic animals in the circus,” Shriners official Stuart Larson .

Noting public comments made about the circus on social media, Larson said, “probably the elderly circus model isn't going to be the model.”

Some people don’t wish the circus to arrive to town at all.

on wild-animal entertainment, including circuses, similar to laws already in space in about thirty other U. S. cities. The ban would prohibit lions, tigers, bears, camels, elephants, monkeys and other animals from performing at circuses and other shows in town.

At a public hearing on the issue latest month, Syria Shrine clowns showed up in full costume — painted faces, ruddy noses and all — to protest the ban.

“Councilman Kraus makes clowns cry!” said one clown-protester’s sign, referring to Councilman Bruce Kraus.

yet on the proposal.

became the twenty-ninth country to pass a nationwide ban on circus animals - joining Austria, Greece, Costa Rica and others - owners of the exotic animals were challenged with what to do with their lions and tigers and zebras.

Lucky rescues love a tiger named Hoover discover new homes in sanctuaries.

Hoover was the sole survivor of a roadside circus in Peru that kept up to a half dozen tigers. Whipped and beaten by his trainers, Hoover was a thin, emaciated creature starving for medical attention and like when he arrived at a natural woodland sanctuary in southern FL this month .

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