I went to my first circus when I was 12 years old. It was at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., on the 4th of July, so it was a combo circus and fireworks show. The circus came before the fireworks and I remember the trapeze artists, clowns and tight rope walker all doing their things. What sticks out most in my memory is the animal acts. Elephants were brought out and did tricks and stood up on hind legs and a lady got up and sat on top of one of them.
I felt sorry for the elephants. I knew they couldn't possibly want to be doing this. There were a couple of guys in glittering outfits who used sticks to direct the elephants and make them move. The elephants did their act and were led back out of the arena. It struck me that this is all they get to do. Town after town after town.
I refuse to attend any circus that still uses animals. They deserve a life just as much as we do. Elephants are very intelligent and sensitive animals who should not be imprisoned and forced to perform tricks for our entertainment. I do not support any circus that profits from the imprisonment and use of these amazing creatures.