As the Tri-Cities gets ready to welcome the Ringling Brothers' Circus to town, I implore you to please research "Trial Tr. 34:25-35:11, March 3, 2009" which is the transcripts of testimony given in 2009 by Kenneth Feld, CEO of Feld Entertainment on how Ringling Brother's elephant handlers "correct" behaviors.
Most animals are capable of showing grief, humor, compassion, cooperation, self-awareness, playfulness, learning skills and selflessness; Ringling Brothers' Circus confines animals in tiny wagons full of their own feces where they can barely move 364 days of the year and this is not fair to these beautiful creatures.
All animals must be protected from undeserving and unjustifiable distress, imprisonment and suffering. These intelligent, sentient creatures deserve better and we are not helping them by attending these shows. With so many other choices in entertainment, I urge the community and the Toyota Center to sponsor events that do not involve animals. These shows only teach people -- especially young children -- that animals can be treated badly for the entertainment of others.
DENISSE SAMS, Kennewick
Letters about circus animals from Liana Bennett and Chuck Nelson can be read online at www.tricityherald.com.