- Cape student sues, accuses school officials of slamming her to ground multiple times (04/28/16)42
- Bob Evans restaurant in Cape Girardeau among chain's 21 closings (04/26/16)9
- Missouri House votes to allow concealed weapons without permits (04/28/16)6
- Two hurt in motorcycle wreck on Interstate 55 (04/25/16)1
- Law firm requests information about Cape's traffic cameras (04/25/16)2
- Local lawmakers split over failed medical marijuana bill; voters may have a say (04/26/16)19
- Police report filed, but no charges in incident at Cape Central (04/29/16)31
- Tanker truck catches fire near Oak Ridge (04/24/16)7
- Local company makes eco-friendly kitty litter that cuts cat-box smell (04/25/16)
- Senator introduces bill for I-57 that would connect Sikeston with Little Rock (04/28/16)4
Circus animal abuse
Human circus performers go on willingly, but elephants have to be cruelly beaten and electrically prodded to go out and perform totally unnatural acts for a few minutes of entertainment. Animal abuse in circuses has been well documented, with a major circus recently having been fined the largest ever of its kind in the U.S. by the USDA/AWA for violations.
Elephants live in constant fear from the violent training tactics used, and they suffer out of the public eye by being constantly chained in traveling box cars, or in a basement -- which for animals that normally travel much of the day is physically and mentally abusive. Other exotic animals suffer much of the same fate for their entire lifetimes. If you have compassion for the wonderful creatures we share this planet with, ask yourself if watching abused elephants is family entertainment and then please support human performer circuses only.
LISA WALKER, Cape Girardeau