Unsolicited Advice #17

To the people who were standing outside the circus the other night showing my children pictures of dead elephants: I admit, I don’t know what goes on with the elephants at the circus. It’s possible that, had I known BEFORE I GOT THERE, what people in the circus do to the elephants, I wouldn’t have purchased tickets. Please, if you want to raise awareness, how about you try doing it before people actually buy the freaking tickets, say, “Hey everyone, let’s go to the circus,” pack their excited kids into the car, and are about to walk in the door? I know you have a right to be there and I’m pleased as punch about that, but  you were reaaallllllyyy angry when I gave you the finger. I would much rather have my kids see me give you the finger than have you, WITHOUT MY PERMISSION, showing my kids disturbing pictures of shit that probably has nothing to do with the circus. Stop being a big group of shrieking attention whores and actually do something productive to make people care about your cause instead of just hating you. Thanks.

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3 responses to “Unsolicited Advice #17

  1. Dose of Reality

    I can understand that you are upset by your kids seeing these images, but your “alternative” to the protesting defies logic. How exactly should protesters provide you awareness before you buy the tickets? Are they supposed to somehow know which people are thinking of buying tickets to the circus and drop by their house, or give them a call, or send them an email? I imagine if you received an unsolicited email containing links to show you the abuse of animals at circuses they would go directly into your trash.
    Animal rights protesters can’t get time on major news affiliates because the videos they provide are considered too disturbing for public consumption. Every time there is an undercover account of slaughterhouse abuse, the news might mention it, but not show the video. It is a difficult area to raise awareness. How do you propose they do it? What would have prevented you from buying the tickets? The protesters are relegated to protesting the events directly and hopefully making an impact on you, the paying customer who is supporting the continued abuse. The reality is that many paying customers (like yourself, admittedly) are unaware of the abuses. The hope is that by bringing this news to the attention of the customers, it will make you stop and think before continuing to support these cruel industries. Here’s a general rule of thumb- any industry that makes a living by forcing a living creature to act in a specific way that is against their will, keeping them in captivity and constantly moving them across the country/world to perform is not doing so in a humane way. I can assure you that whatever images you saw were those of circus cruelties, as animal rights activists would be hurting their own credibility if they provided misinformation. Go ahead and google “animal abuse circus” or “circus cruelty” if you doubt the veracity of the images your family saw.

  2. Chea

    What defies logic for me that as a protester, the only one way you can think of to protest the circus is to stand outside it and yell at people.

    Use your imagination.

  3. Dose of Reality

    OK, I get it, you just want to complain about things but not actually have to think about them. My bad. You tell protesters to use their imagination, but when asked how you would suggest the protesters get their message across (before you buy tickets, as you suggest), you provide no ideas. Let’s just conveniently ignore that part and complain that people point out to you that you bought tickets to an industry that supports animal cruelty. The reality is that the protesters got your attention and made you consider the reason they were there. Perhaps you would reconsider buying tickets to the circus in the future. Maybe you will decide not to buy tickets to the circus next time around simply because you don’t want to deal with the protesters. They’ll take that as a victory as well. In any event, they got your attention and made an impact on you- enough for you to think about it and then vent about it. Most protesters (regardless of the cause) would be “pleased as punch” with that result. The methods used by animal rights activists are pretty much the same as those used by anti-war protesters, human rights activists, environmental activists, etc. They wouldn’t do it if it didn’t work.

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