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Courier Lithograph Company. Ringling Bro's Marvelous Acting Pachyderms. 1899.

Last Thursday, the British Parliament voted to ban the use of wild animals in circuses.   Apparently, this is a win, not just for animal welfare groups, but for the general public as well.  As Mary Creagh, the Environment Secretary, said, “The public will be absolutely delighted that MPs from all parties have stood up to the Tory-led Government on this issue to achieve such a fantastic result.”

Interested in discerning the “public” opinion for myself, I decided to survey the demographic most likely be affected by the ban – children.  I asked three very simple questions to children living in the United Kingdom, and recorded their responses.  (I did this by posting these three questions in an online community of which I have been a member since 2006.  Other than this, I did not participate in the conversation at all.)

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Pink Elephants on Parade

Tai Harmed in Making of “Water for Elephants”

If you are an avid moviegoer like me, then you have undoubtedly seen the disclaimer “No Animals Were Harmed in the Making of this Film” scroll through the credit scenes in some films.  I have always been troubled by this disclaimer. What exactly did it mean?  Which animals was it designed to protect?  Certainly, I cannot imagine it hopes to protect all animals that make movies possible, such as those whose bodies supply the film crew with nourishment or those whose skins are used as costumes, just to name a few examples.

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