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Jun 12 2010

Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus


Today the five of us went to see the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus, also known as the Greatest Show on Earth! There are several Ringling Bros. shows that tour the country at the same time and we got to see Zing Zang Zoom (the Red tour). (Close up family photo after the jump.)


There were plenty of well-trained elephants.


The tigers performed with amazing precision and cooperation.

The show featured two human cannonballs simultaneously shot from a double barrel cannon who flew about 65 feet across the arena landing on two parallel airbags. (Vimeo version after the jump.)


Even after a few Google searches I'm not sure if there is a special name for the acrobats that perform high in the air while holding on to, or wound up in, the long silk scarves.


The high wire act walked, danced, jumped rope and rode across the tight wire better than I can walk down the street. I can remember that I used to think that using a safety line took away from the show. Now that I'm older, it actually allows me to enjoy the performance more since I don't have to worry--as much--about the performer's safety.


Finally, a close up of one of the performing elephants. There were tons of other acts, illusions, clowns, performers and music. We all had a really great time. (Just try not to think about the $12 cotton candy.)


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  1. #1
    Jaymi Peyton said on June 22, 2010 | Reply

    I am sickened that you think a family trip to the circus is something to smile about. Have you ever heard about the miserable lives these creatures have? Not allowed to live the life god meant for them? Ripped from their mothers at too young an age. Beaten into being those "well-trained" animals. FORCED to perform with "precision and cooperation. " That is no life for a wild animal and it is despicable that we humans force them into miserable, abismal lives for our entertainment. Just despicable. You should be ashamed of yourselves.

  2. #2
    Don said on June 22, 2010 | Reply

    Jaymi, I'd love to hear more about your knowledge of what God (capital "G") intended for the lives of these animals. As for me and my family, God put animals on the earth for us to eat, wear, work, use and amuse ourselves with among many other things.

    I'll join you in seeking to preserve these fine animals in the wild and for eliminating cruel treatment in captivity. But, you come off like a loon condemning all circuses for treatment and conditions that exist mostly in the past and elsewhere. It is perfectly appropriate for quality modern circuses such as the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus to have wild animal acts.

    And, yes, before you attempt (you will fail) to get into an argument linking to all kinds of anecdotal, exaggerated, irrelevant, out of date, websites documenting mistreatment, I've seen them, thanks.

  3. #3
    K.M. said on October 26, 2010 | Reply

    You pointed out that Jaymi is not an expert on God, but you're obviously no expert on animal circuses, the violations recorded by our USDA, or the web sites and groups that expose their cruelty.

    Who would turn a blind eye to the horrors that animals face in these traveling sideshows? Someone who thinks they were placed here by 'God' for us to do whatever we please with them, I suppose.

    Photos and videos don't lie. You're fooling yourself if you view the images and video on www.RinglingBeatsAnimals.com and still think they are "quality" and "modern." The whole idea of animal circuses are as antiquated as us thinking African Americans are here for Caucasians or women are here for men. Or in your mind, perhaps they are...

    I sincerely hope that you allow yourself to be educated and open your heart and mind both for the animals' AND your children's sake. Humiliation and domination are not things children should be taught is acceptable.

  4. #4
    Anonymous replied to Don on September 24, 2012 | Reply

    Don, you clearly know NOTHING about the natural lives of wild animals and, as K.M pointed out, you probably do believe that everything was put on this earth to be used and abused by man. Just putting the words wild and captivity in the same sentence, as you have done, is in complete conflict. And you say "...treatment that exists mostly in the past and elsewhere." It is NOT in the past, it happens every single day. And elsewhere, as if if it doesn't happen in America, we shouldn't be concerned. I'm guessing you are one of those people who take your kids to the circus every year and sit there and laugh at the elephant standing on his hind legs and the lion riding on it's back and you are the type of person who will never see things differently. Thank goodness for those who do.

  5. #5
    Anonymous said on September 28, 2012 | Reply

    Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast, but the mercy of the wicked is cruel. Prov 12:10

  6. #6
    Don replied to Anonymous on December 28, 2012 | Reply

    Whoops...ASPCA agrees to Pay Ringling Bros. $9.3 million over ASPCA's bogus elephant allegations, litigation abuse and racketeering. The Circus will continue legal proceedings against the Humane Society of the United States, the Fund for Animals, Animal Welfare Institute and Animal Protection Institute.


  7. #7
    Anjali said on March 2, 2013 | Reply

    You clearly have no care for these animals. I dare you to go watch a video about how Ringling Bros. trains elephants and see them suffer. Don't start responding about God and all that other stuff. Elephants are not created to be in that sort of torturous environment . At the so-called "Conversion Center", elephants are chained for hours, jabbed with bull-hooks, electrocuted, and more to provide entertainment. Obviously you wouldn't care, because you're too thick to understand the severity of these actions.

  8. #8
    Bruce Banner said on December 9, 2014 | Reply

    I am somewhat embarrassed by the comments made opposing your Family trip. I for one disagree with your view point whole heartedly, but I respect it all the same. No one has the right, or knowledge of God's will to impose their ideas/beliefs on any other. We do the best we can with what we have, and one thing we all have is an opinion...They vary across the board!
    No one should ever be labeled, no more you than I. We all deserve understanding, which can easily be reached through disagreement.
    Everyone has his/her own path, none greater, none less than, two sides of the same coin. NO one should EVER be attacked for their side, for NO one has that Right.

    God Bless!

  9. #9
    Jaymi said on January 11, 2016 | Reply

    Don - not sure if you heard this but Ringling Brothers is discontinuing their elephant act in the Circus. Do you wonder why????!!! Are you still confused? Just curious.

  10. #10
    Don replied to Jaymi on January 11, 2016 | Reply

    Wow, 5 1/2 year later follow up! I think that's a new record. Bitter much? No confusion here. Ringling Bros. is a business, they made a business decision based on public opinion...the same public opinion that makes the Kardashians popular. So, guess what I think about public opinion? Old news is old, they announced this last March of 2015. I was wrong about one thing, the award against the ASPCA wasn't for $9.3 million, it was for $15.75 million (Source.)

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