Many of us went to the zoo or circus or saw traveling animal shows like Jack Hanna’s, which rolled into San Luis Obispo this past weekend. We didn’t consider the consequences to the animals involved or how our participation contributed to the animals’ life of deprivation and misery.
I hope the Performing Arts Center at Cal Poly will consider thoughtfully before booking any future live animal performances—question what it took to get wild animals to do what the human wants, when the human wants.
In this day and age, we have humane options to learn about animals. Sadly, shows like Jack Hanna’s allow our children to look upon suffering as entertainment.