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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

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An elephant performs in the ring at the Piccadilly Circus.
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There's only one place in Cape Girardeau to find a boxing kangaroo, a giant jungle monster and motorcycles flying through the "Chamber of Doom." All this and more will be at the Piccadilly Circus at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Show Me Center.

"It's fun, it's exciting, it's hysterical," said Niles Garden of the Piccadilly Circus, based in Sarasota, Fla. "The human feats are just amazing. At the show we did last night, people were standing up in awe."

The show includes more than 25 human performers, many of whom are acrobats. The Alexis Brothers will perform Cirque du Soleil-style aerial moves, Garden said.

Animals featured in the European-style circus show include horses, elephants, monkeys and a kangaroo.

Elephant and pony rides also will be available along with cotton candy, snow cones and other circus treats.

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A Russian clown troupe performs in the Piccadilly Circus.
(Piccadilly Circus)
The show's clowns, which at times ride in a comedy car that drives itself, also provide the audience with plenty of comic relief, Garden said.

Before the show arrives in Cape Girardeau, it will perform in Jackson, Tenn., today. From Cape Girardeau the circus travels to Carlinville, Ill.

"We're in a new town every day, and we just keep on moving," Garden said.

Free ticket coupons for children ages 13 and younger were distributed at local schools and area businesses. This coupon also may be downloaded at the circus' website, www.thefuncircus.com.

Adult tickets are $37 for VIP seating and $27 for general admission. Child VIP tickets are $15 or $10 for general admission.

For more information, call the Show Me Center box office at 651-5000.

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Circus' are wrong. Animals should not live like that.

-- Posted by westend on Wed, Apr 28, 2010, at 7:54 AM

This is the most unnatural situation for those poor animals. They deserve better. I refuse to pay money and watch as these animals are made to perform tricks. People are always so surprised when a circus animal goes on a rampage. Gosh. Maybe it's because they're wild animals and shouldn't be harnassed to leads and made to live in small trailors and parade around.

-- Posted by kcgirl1 on Wed, Apr 28, 2010, at 8:06 AM

I love the circus, but those prices are outrageous.

-- Posted by gomer on Wed, Apr 28, 2010, at 8:48 AM

Well, good for you, westend and kcgirl1, for living vegan lives, free of any animal-based foods, and other animal products, like leather. That's a life I could never live, but can respect.

I assume you are, at least. I mean, it would be unfair of you to protest this, and then freely contribute to the mass-slaughter of other animals.

Or ar you only against making animals balance themselves on balls and wear feathery hats?

-- Posted by SD on Wed, Apr 28, 2010, at 9:56 AM

SD, you are so off-base that I have to laugh. You don't have to be a vegan to be against this element of our society. A circus is not a matter of basic survival, like eating or clothing. It is purely for entertainment purposes, a very SELFISH human purpose, and to have animals live unnaturally so that we can be entertained is just unethical. I have worked for a humane society in the past and had the sad opportunity to see just how these animals live and are transported, behind the scenes. Not only are many abused, but even when they aren't - to live an isolated life in captivity, away from their own kind is just inhumane. If the purpose were focused toward learning about and perpetuating the species for the species' benefit, that would be a different story. To teach children that using wild animals as a means of entertainment, instead of respecting and protecting them in their natural habitats as they should be, is a very sad legacy parents pass down. Want entertainment? Take your kids and a pair of binoculars on a hike, teach and learn how nature goes about its existence. THAT is truly an awe-inspiring act!

-- Posted by fauxpaw2 on Wed, Apr 28, 2010, at 10:24 AM

Murdering animals for food isn't a matter of basic survival, either. Not for humans. Otherwise, we'd have a lot of dead vegans.

I'm not saying circuses aren't wrong in their treatment of animals. I'm just saying, if you're going to take up a cause for animals, your life should reflect that. You're saying "I care about this small number of animals that I believe are being treated cruelly, but I'm okay with millions of other animals being raised (in captivity) for the sole purpose of being murdered for food and stylish shoes."

Millions of animals are being slaughtered as we speak, with your support, and you're worried about a couple elephants and a kangaroo.

Whatever. Enjoy your veal. I'm sure that baby cow understands.

-- Posted by SD on Wed, Apr 28, 2010, at 10:46 AM

1. yeah these prices are high

2. i like a good steak on occasion like most regular folks don't get me wrong but i agree that the elephant in the photo doesn't look like he's having any fun

-- Posted by TommyStix on Wed, Apr 28, 2010, at 11:23 AM

I heard the adult tickets are buy one and get one free.

-- Posted by Lightning-bolt on Wed, Apr 28, 2010, at 11:24 AM

lets see I take my 2 kids w/ free coupons and pay $27.00 for my ticket, thats $9.00 each.....oh I see how this works.

-- Posted by darkstar on Wed, Apr 28, 2010, at 11:32 AM

I like watching the circus. The performing animals and all. Not all circus' treat their animals cruelly. And on the same hand, I enjoy a good steak. Didn't spend millions of years working our way to the top of the food chain to eat vegetables. And, if it weren't for people would cows even exist? Whens the last time you seen a cow roaming in the wild? Never. Always on a cattle ranch. Also, it is my opinion that spotted owl taste like chicken. And I agree, those ticket prices are outrageous.

-- Posted by USAFGuy on Wed, Apr 28, 2010, at 12:23 PM

If it weren't for humans, cows would roam wild.

-- Posted by SD on Wed, Apr 28, 2010, at 12:36 PM

I'm not into "PETA and GREENPEACE" extremism, as I think tactics such as those sometimes do the animals more harm than good since it turns people away from the cause all together, and I too enjoy a steak once in awhile. However, I DO draw the line at these types of venues - it's simply unnecessary, selfish, and cruel to have these animals live in an unnatural state for my entertainment benefit. There is also a HUGE difference between domestic and wild animals; i.e., the cow comments. And just for the record, I'm opposed to eating veal also.

-- Posted by fauxpaw2 on Wed, Apr 28, 2010, at 1:09 PM

Well said, fauxpaw2! I also am opposed to veal.

-- Posted by westend on Wed, Apr 28, 2010, at 1:35 PM

Thank you fauxpaw2. You took the words right out of my mouth!

-- Posted by kcgirl1 on Wed, Apr 28, 2010, at 3:05 PM

i agree these prices these are very expensive there is a lot of these things that the show me center put on but i can't afford these if it was a free ticket and 9 or ten dollars okay i'd snap on it and take my grandson too it

-- Posted by casey2002 on Wed, Apr 28, 2010, at 6:52 PM

I feel for the elephant. If I had a woman that size on my neck like in the photo I would not be having fun either. Wonder if she has any spurs on her boots. But then again the elephant may be into that kinda thing....if you know what I mean.

-- Posted by gman on Wed, Apr 28, 2010, at 10:03 PM


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