Wild animals performing undignified circus acts has always made me feel sick to my stomach.
Wild animals performing undignified circus acts has always made me feel sick to my stomach.

Ever since I was a young child growing up in the fifties, I’ve always hated circuses, and the main reason is the treatment of the animals. From a young age I instinctively knew that seeing lions, tigers and other wild animals being caged in small pens and forced to perform undignified circus acts to entertain humans was just wrong. At that time I didn’t even know about bull hooks, chains and beatings, but my heart broke for those beautiful creatures living such miserable lives. I still have a similar reaction to most zoos although I do acknowledge that some are better than others and serve as sanctuaries for many species.

Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus have finally announced they are no longer including elephants in their “Greatest Show on Earth”. Is there anyone out there who can possibly not celebrate this wonderful news? If you have any doubts, read Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen or Last Chain on Billie by Carol Bradley and you’ll change your mind.

Cruel training of elephants begins at a young age.
Cruel training of elephants begins at a young age. The souls of these intelligent, sensitive creatures are broken in the name of entertainment and making money.

The Feld family who owns Ringling Brothers Circus will be retiring their elephants to the 200-acre Center For Elephant Conservation in central Florida. While the family denies succumbing to pressure from animal rights groups, there is no doubt that public opinion and new laws forbidding elephant acts in various Canadian and American cities has finally brought down the curtain on this sad form of entertainment. Hopefully, the next step will be similar actions in the name of other circus animals. One small step for humanity. One giant leap for elephants.

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Lynda Davis

As an early Baby Boomer, born in 1947, it seems to me that as we approach our retirement years, Boomers have gone from being the energy driving our nation to slowly becoming invisible. We risk losing our identity as society remains stubbornly youth-centric. And the irony is that Gen Xers and Ys are not the majority; we are. BOOMERBROADcast is my platform for being the voice of Baby Boomers, women in particular. We've generated a lot of changes over the decades but there's still a long way to go. After a 40-year career in the corporate world, I've taken up expressing the observations and concerns of our generation. Instead of pounding the pavement in my bellbottoms with a cardboard sign, I'm pounding my laptop (I learned to type on a manual typewriter and old habits die hard). If you have issues or concerns you would like voiced or have comments on what I've voiced, I'd love to hear from you. We started breaking the rules in the sixties and now that we're in our sixties it's no time to become complacent. Hope you'll stay tuned and if you like BOOMERBROADcast, share it with your friends. Let's rock n' roll! If you would like to be notified whenever I publish a new posting, click on the little blue box in the lower right of your screen that says +Follow→ Lynda Davis

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