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on June 21, 2001
There is certainly a reason that Kathleen's Animalscam is currently out of print: this book was a sorry collection of laughable excuses as to why human beings ought to be able to continue slaughtering, torturing, and exploiting animals for whatever trivial reasons they like. A copy of this book is currently available in my own public library, and I've a good mind to check it out and 'lose' it conveniently.
What disturbed me most about Animalscam was the section on animals as they are used for 'entertainment'. The author stresses that circuses animals are 'treated well' by their handlers, and that there is no good reason why they should be liberated from their miserable lives in ridiculous clothes, as they perform meaningless tricks for thousands of humans that will forget it all in the space of a week. I don't dispute the fact that many circus handlers are kind to their animals (although many are NOT), but what the author fails to mention are the horrendous experiences that many of these animals must suffer through when they are captured from their native countries and 'broken' by natives, all to make them easier to handle for shipping to the Americas. A chilling documentary shown recently on the Discovery Channel aired just such an experience; I remember watching in horror as a small African elephant was strapped down and beaten repeatedly by callous workers to show the animal who 'was in charge'. The animal's destination: circus life in the United States.
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