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Instagram post by @weanimals We Animals / Jo-Anne McArthur

I photographed at a circus in France two weeks ago, for the animal advocacy group One Voice.
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I hadn't attended one in a while. I was shocked, anew, with the degradation the animals suffer, and the pleasure the trainers take in the domination. And yet below the surface, their smiles look tired. It's like their mouths are smiling but not their eyes. They are tired of it, perhaps. These ridiculous acts. I wonder how much longer these sorts of archaic sideshows can last. The audience barely clapped during the animal performances, as the men slapped animals on the face with sticks and snapped the whip to make them move. The lions, overweight from a life immobile in small cages, "perform" grudgingly. They lean over and groom one another. They yawn. They growl when the trainer comes close. Often, they swipe at the trainer, hissing, angry, ears flat. The show of dominance is tired. Circuses: listen. The animal performances are tired. You look like fools in your sequins and your whips. Your finale ends with you facing the audience, your arms outstretched, in expectation of applause. They applauded politely. You look ridiculous, nodding and smiling and winking.

Photo: JMcArthur / One Voice

56 Comments

  • 10w ago alissawhitegluz alissawhitegluz

    Exactly. It's over. Nobody wants to see that.

  • 10w ago collin_herb collin_herb

    Any kind of animal entertainment based circus is simply sad. Unethical, exploitative, et al. Sadly, lions and tigers are especially sensitive to alcohol fumes- most trainers/circus performers reek of them. Just sad all the way around...

  • 10w ago mandiiiiiiiiii mandiiiiiiiiii

    😞

  • 10w ago claudelynn_caringvegan claudelynn_caringvegan

    There's no place for this in 2017. There never was. Now is the time.

  • 10w ago bohobeautifullife bohobeautifullife

    Its time for this non sense to end once and for all! πŸ˜”

  • 10w ago jetenzo.nl jetenzo.nl

    HeartbreakingπŸ˜” I am near @hyerestourisme and the circus is here now... animal abuse must stop!

  • 10w ago putthelimeinthecoconut putthelimeinthecoconut

    πŸ‘

  • 10w ago jennylovesmusic54 jennylovesmusic54

    Barbaric!!!...So wrong!!!πŸ’”πŸ˜’

  • 10w ago paoladeforonda paoladeforonda

    😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭totally agree

  • 10w ago soyoulondon soyoulondon

    Beautiful photo and caption.

  • 10w ago perrodemundo perrodemundo

    πŸ˜”πŸ˜’Well said! πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ

  • 10w ago supeertrooper supeertrooper

    Sad photo, Incredible text!

  • 10w ago fitvibes87 fitvibes87

    πŸ’” so sad . Time to evolve and appreciate them save them in their natural state

  • 10w ago vickyvantricht vickyvantricht

    @fannyreygaert ☹️

  • 10w ago ana_catarinaa_ ana_catarinaa_

    πŸ’”πŸ’”πŸ’”πŸ’”

  • 10w ago cronicas_herbivoras_oficial cronicas_herbivoras_oficial

    It breaks my heart...

  • 10w ago shutuuupx shutuuupx

    😭😫

  • 10w ago jennifermishler jennifermishler

    πŸ’”

  • 10w ago lanalou9949 lanalou9949

    What a beautiful yet haunting picture.... thank you for sharing. When will people realize the pain and suffering that is caused to these poor souls?

  • 10w ago salinerr13 salinerr13

    πŸ’”πŸ’”πŸ’”πŸ’”

  • 10w ago myquaker myquaker

    Well saidπŸ‘Once again I can't push the like button. #france you should be ashamed, this outdated practice of using animals in circuses went out with your button up boots!!! Enough of the animal abuse, use humans on swings instead!! πŸ’€πŸ’£πŸ‘ŠπŸ˜‘#paris #parisπŸ‡«πŸ‡· #circus

  • 10w ago mrs.nyveld mrs.nyveld

    πŸ˜žπŸ’”

  • 10w ago littleveganhippie littleveganhippie

    Seriously I wish circus' were just the people doing acrobatics and what not I love seeing people do cool shit with their own bodies but I absolutely refuse to support an industry that uses wild animals or any animal as a puppet

  • 10w ago jillyy_77 jillyy_77

    Agreed!!

  • 10w ago kiki_motter kiki_motter

    They need to be released :( back home away from people

  • 9w ago spiritsoulexec spiritsoulexec

    😭What beauties , my heart ❀️

  • 9w ago restorang1 restorang1

    πŸ’”

  • 9w ago squeakywings squeakywings

    The power of witnessing and sharing.

  • 9w ago squeakywings squeakywings

    There is not a single point to having animals as part of circus performance. Keep it human and keep it real.

  • 9w ago lasb88 lasb88

    These animals have no spirit or life left in them.

  • 9w ago unapologetically_vegan_kitty unapologetically_vegan_kitty

    So sad.

  • 9w ago boldcreative boldcreative

    That's incredibly sad. I'm so disappointed that this is still happening in France πŸ˜ͺ

  • 9w ago saga.edwall saga.edwall

    ❀️❀️❀️

  • 9w ago colin_blake_australia colin_blake_australia

    Circuses are torture for money. Evil.

  • 9w ago zornitzah zornitzah

    πŸ’”πŸ’”πŸ’”πŸ’”πŸ’”πŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ˜­

  • 9w ago jschinzing jschinzing

    😒

  • 8w ago misssteff89 misssteff89

    What you do really matters! Keep fighting for our fellow friends!

  • 8w ago ambarminayaa ambarminayaa

    πŸ’”πŸ’”

  • 8w ago iaconegianna iaconegianna

    This

  • 8w ago adopt.a.bundle.of.joy adopt.a.bundle.of.joy

    We hate circuses that force animals to perform !!! πŸ’”πŸ’”πŸ’”

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