For animals in the impoverished, unnatural conditions of a traveling circus, it’s no surprise many go out of their minds. Abnormal, repetitive, “stereotypic” behavior takes over – pacing up and down, weaving from side to side, head bobbing and swaying. Animal behaviorists regard these abnormal behaviors as a sign that the animal’s welfare is compromised and it is not coping with its environment. We call it circus madness.
The movement of circus animals is frequently restricted for protracted lengths of time. Animal behavior scientists believe these long periods of forced inactivity contribute to the development of abnormal behaviors such as rocking and weaving.
Last week at UniverSoul Circus was no exception. ADI supporters took these pictures of circus animals, tied up, confined, and even caged for several hours. It’s a sad look into what life is really like behind the scenes for circus animals.
“Break the Chain” supporters from all over Southern California joined ADI in protesting UniverSoul Circus this past Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Dozens of brave campaigners worked into the evening hours, holding signs, passing out leaflets, and informing the public of what life is really like for animals in traveling circuses. Thanks to their hard work, hundreds of people were made aware of circus suffering. This is one of several protests planned throughout the Spring and Summer to help Break the Chain!