Did you know that Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus closed down last May? After 146 years the Greatest Show on Earth is no longer in business.
Good. I hate the circus.
Also, I hate the zoo.
I’m not kidding, I hate them both. I’m glad the circus is closed and I hope every zoo on the planet goes out of business as well.
The circus and the zoos exploit these animals for profit. In the process they take them out of their natural environment, place them behind bars and suck the life out of them.
I love animals. To me, the cruelest thing you can do to a monkey, a lion, or a tiger is to cage it.
If you look closely at the body language of the animal you see their broken spirit. For what? So Timmy and Susie can come look at this poor lifeless animal suffer in it’s prison? For money?
My two dogs have become an amazing source of joy for me. They are their happiest when they are out loose running, swimming, and barking at the intruders who dare to deliver the next package on my front porch.
You see I value freedom, even for animals.
However, cages are not a problem just for animals. People have cages that can be every bit as devastating.
Self limiting beliefs can be a cage for which we can’t easily escape. Someone tells us as a child that we’re ugly, or that we are stupid and it sticks. We believe it and never escape the cage.
People can be cruel, but we ultimately have the power to choose what to believe.
Cages. Not for animals. Not for people.