Circus protesters have been sparse this year, though they come and go and have the same stopping effect on the progression of our show as mud. They seem to be lighter this year - less frequent showings, less numbers in groups, less dedicated to the cause. Perhaps there is a difficulty in recruitment; perhaps the failure of the lawsuit against Ringling Brothers has put a hindrance on the AR progression of the death of our industry. Regardless, tonight's display was nothing to cause distress - another showing of pre-teens following a "fad." Their pickets appeared to be more like a block party than forcibly attempting to make aware concerns of animal treatment on the Kelly Miller Circus (or lack thereof). They had no qualms of shouting insults at circus workers or circus patrons, yet as always objected thoroughly to having photos taken of the demonstration. Others in the group were quick to deny their involvement and provide excuses for their presence. No worries distress the rest of us; I will continue to provide my animals with the best care and continue to fight the stereotypes put upon animal caretakers and trainers in the circus industry - the poor examples and bad apples do not account for all of us and I refuse to be grouped with the likes of them.
I just started reading a book by Kathleen Barquardt titled "Animal Scam: The Beastly Abuse of Human Rights." It exposes many of the hypocrisies in the Animal Rights movement. The fraud surrounding money acquirement schemes and the tactics used to persuade the public of their extremist agenda - there is no difference between people and animals. Up to this point my favorite quote and most eye opening was written as follows: "Not only are the philosophies of animal rights and animal welfare separated by irreconcilable differences... the enactment of animal welfare measures actually impedes the achievement of animal rights. Welfare reforms, by their very nature, can only serve to retard the pace at which animal rights goals are achieved." A good read and I recommend it for anyone interested in the topics.