The animals in circuses spend their lives travelling around the world which in itself causes them much stress. When they reach their temporary destination they are kept in cramped conditions and have to perform "tricks" to the public. Animals in the circus aren't there because they
want to be, and they don't perform because they enjoy it. Animals do not naturally ride bicycles, stand on their heads, balance on balls, or jump through rings of fire. To force them to perform these confusing and physically uncomfortable tricks, trainers use whips, tight collars,
muzzles, electric prods, bullhooks, and other painful tools of the trade.
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