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Ok, so it works out that I am the only person in the known Universe, who didn't realize that circus's don't have animals anymore.
None. Zero. Zilch.
I know, I'm heartsore. Because I love the circus. I love the tents and the trapeze, I love the candy floss and hotdogs. I love the little knick knacks they sell which break within 2 minutes of leaving, I love the smell of sawdust and I particularly love the animals.
And to find out that animals no longer exist in this realm broke a little bit of my heart.
Actually, if we want to get technical, a circus that doesn't have animals, well, that's not really a circus.
In Dictionary.com it states:
A large public entertainment, typically presented in one or more very large tents or in an outdoor or indoor arena, featuring exhibitions of pageantry, feats of skill and daring, performing animals etc, interspersed throughout with the slapstick antics of clowns.
I got the tent.
I got one, at best, iffy hot dog and popcorn that wasn't properly popped.
I did not get exhibitions of pageantry - one of my favourite bits to be honest.
I sort of got feats of skill and daring.
I mean, I was kind of expecting the Evel Knievel kind of Wheel of Doom - you know the one, when they have two motorcycles going round and round in a huge big steel cage type thing but instead I got trapeze artists who used safety ropes.
Not quite the same thing.
I was also expecting an elephant. Possibly two. I knew that there had been some kerfuffle about lions so thought I might be out of luck around this.
But I do remember seeing monkeys. And monkeys are cute. And dogs.
I also remember, women and men standing on ponies and horses while they whizzed round in a circle. Both looking fabulous.
And that is not what I got.
And I have to say I was really disappointed. Not that there weren't any good points, there were. Some really amazing stuff, actually.
But think of hopping on a plane expecting to get off and be on a tropical island, sipping a pina colada and instead stepping off the plane and finding yourself on the snowy Swiss alps. Not bad as such, just not what I was expecting.
Don't get me wrong though, I totally agree that animal cruelty shouldn't happen. I sign some petitions and have even been known to periodically give money.
However, I've also seen some phenomenal relationships between animals and humans. Ones that defy logic. Relationships that are built on trust, love, respect and loyalty.
So, I'm totally anti hurting animals but is it animal cruelty because an animal does tricks?
Or doesn't live in the wild?
And is there one black and white answer to this question or differing degrees of answers?
I would also like to say that we (that's the collective we, not you and I per se), judge on a case by case basis. But the reality is, that's just not true.
We judged a whole industry on one person. We pointed our toxic witchy stick, sat in judgement, found them lacking and Boom! our circus is no more.
It makes me want to cry.
Wishing you much love and abundance and a truly courageous heart.
T and Spirit
* Naturally, there are still clowns.