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following article was written by Jennifer O'Connor.
Great news: The
unabridged, fully illustrated version of The Rose-Tinted Menagerie has
just been republished as an Amazon Kindle eBook. Investigative journalist
William Johnson's exposé of the miserable lives and premature deaths of animals
used and abused in circuses, aquariums, and zoos remains as important today as it was
when it was first published in 1990, when dolphins were forced to perform "striptease"
shows at the Moulin Rouge in Paris and elephants were battered with
sledgehammers to subdue them during circus training.
circuses' roots back to ancient Rome, when animals were sometimes slaughtered
by the hundreds in gladiatorial contests—and notes that animals are still being
slaughtered today, although in a more subtle manner. Dolphins and orcas are stripped
of their freedom and dignity and die far short of their natural lifespans at
theme parks such as SeaWorld. Elephants are confined to chains sometimes for days on end—leading to
life-threatening leg and foot diseases—and bullhooks are now the weapon of choice to break their spirits.
The Rose-Tinted Menagerie explores the avarice and archaic attitudes
that have driven the proliferation of the use of animals in entertainment and
the pathetically inadequate laws that "protect" these animals. This
thought-provoking book is a must-read. Order your copy today.
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.