Letter: Animal Abuse Under the Big Top

To the Editor:

Bravo to Kerry Gudlewski (“A Better Show Without Animals,” Aug. 3) and Margaret Hurley (“Stop Promoting Animal Abuse,” Aug. 3) for their responses to Henry Homeyer’s July 23 article, “The Greatest Shows on Earth.” I, too, grew up with trips to the circus and a love of TV’s Circus Boy. When I attempted to take my own 3-year-old daughter to a circus in our neighborhood, she refused to go. Today, she stands at the entrance to “The Greatest Show on Earth” interviewing moms and dads about their feelings about the abuse of animals. I find it ironic that, in a culture that loves pets so much, other animals are so dismally taken for granted, including wildlife. Hunting for “the fun of it,” anyone?

Suzy Malerich



Letter: A Better Show Without Animals

Friday, August 2, 2013

To the Editor: As Henry Homeyer stated in his July 23 Close-Up article, the circus is considered “the greatest show on Earth.” For many circus-goers, the biggest draw is the animals. Given the glitz and glamor of the production, it is easy to overlook the poor quality of life that circus animals endure for the sake of a couple of …

Letter: Stop Promoting Animal Abuse

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

To the Editor: I wish the Valley News had a policy of not publishing articles that promote animal abuse and misconceptions about animals that allow people to ignore their suffering. Henry Homeyer’s July 23 article about the circus made me cringe. Circus animals spend their lives in cramped cages and chained up, and are forced to do unnatural acts. They …

Summer Journal: When the Circus Comes to Town, or Anywhere Close, I’m There

Monday, July 22, 2013

I love the circus. I love the sound of the band, the smell of elephants, the thrill of watching acrobats swirling on velvet ropes or swinging from trapezes. When I was a young man traveling in Europe on $5 a day, I splurged and bought a ticket to the Orfie Circorama in Parma, Italy. I didn’t know that Europeans take …