How are these bears playing hockey?
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As opposed to any other circus where the animals are willing participants with great pay and benefits?
I'm not sure what you're suggesting. Are you suggesting that all animals in captivity, in principle, are slaves?
I think that may be a misconception.
Animals that are well-fed and cared-for can to be quite happy. They thrive on routine, good food and attention.
I'm not suggesting all animals in captivity are happy, what I'm suggesting is that captivity in-and-of-itself is not the determining factor. Instead, well-cared-for animals tend to be happy, poorly-treated animals tend to unhappy.
How do you know? Have you asked them? Do you think they are entitled to wages?No, but not all animals in captivity are in circuses either. Circus animals are basically slaves.
How do you know? Have you asked them? Do you think they are entitled to wages?
Not all animals who work for a living would choose to be set free instead. Regular food and a caring owner can have that effect.
I think you are in danger of anthropomorphizing them - thinking that they're being kept from realizing their dreams and making their own mark on the world.
I ask again:
Why is this in the SKEPTICISM & DEBUNKING forum?
I hope no one here is seriously advocating for the continued use of animals in circus and performance acts? This recent bear hockey video is just another example of humans abusing animals for so they can have their 'fun' day at the circus...
Abuse happens in orphanages too. Do we shut down all organisations where abuse occurs?How do you know they aren't?
And you are ignoring the fact that many (if not most) circus animals are abused, and that reason alone is enough to banish the practice...