The Royal Hanneford Circus spent five days in Westland, Michigan in July. Members of Animals Deserve Absolute Protection Today and Tomorrow showed up to protest.
ADAPTT member Jim McNellis summarized the group’s objection to circuses when he told a reporter for the Westland Observer,
The circus has no educational value. It’s teaching kids that animal are objects, not living creatures.
This is good to know — I’d hate to take my daughter to a circus and have her emerge thinking that elephants and lions are inanimate objects rather than living creatures. I’m not quite sure how seeing moving, animated animals would lead her to that conclusion, but its apparently had that effect on McNellis, so anything’s possible.
League’s circus attracts crowds and protesters. Darrell Clem, Westland Observer, July 31, 2005.