It took a PETA lawsuit to compel the U.S. Fish
& Wildlife Service (FWS) to change course, but after three decades of
secretly and illegally issuing hundreds of Endangered Species Act (ESA) permits
to circuses, roadside zoos, and other animal exploiters, the FWS will change
its ways. The permits—called "captive-bred wildlife (CBW)
permits"—previously allowed animal exhibitors like the notorious Ringling
Bros. circus and Have Trunk Will Travel to "harm and harass"
captive-bred endangered animals like Asian elephants without any public
scrutiny or comments on their plans. Now, anytime circuses and operators of
traveling and roadside displays want to "take" an endangered species
(which includes harming, harassing, and wounding them to force them to perform
in shows), they will be subjected to public scrutiny and forced to adhere to
Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights? Read more.