The Effects on Animals

In a world that we now thrive on equality for all, it astonishes many about the amount of animal cruelty and abuse that is seen on many occasions. The entertainment industry relies on the likeability of animals in order to intrigue a human audience. Though animals are a thing of the wild, in our society we have rationally made it acceptable to force these creatures to participate tasks purely for the excitement of the human mind. Zoos are known to be a fun and family friendly environment where you can enjoy the scenery and the amazing animals in their habitats. In reality, these perceptions are wrong. These animals are deprived of their rights to exist naturally and are unable to do the necessities of their wildlife environments such as hunting, roaming and developing social structures. On occasions, animals are blamed for the death of trainers when they don’t thoroughly understand what they are partaking in while they are being trained. Not only are zoo creatures captured however, if they attempt to escape from the abuse of the location, they do not try and capture them, yet kill them on the spot for their bad behavior. When taken, animals are usually placed in locations that are different temperatures as their natural habitats as well as a much smaller area in which they need to stay physically fit. Many animals die due to being overweight or illness throughout the location.[1] There are many alternatives to attending zoos, and one may evaluate taking a trip to the location to where the animals are actually located to see their real behavior in the wild. Another entertainment event that animals are usually effected are circuses. These live acts are seen as fun and silly events that take place where animals are portrayed in many ways wearing absurd outfits and being required to participate in the shows for the audience’s pleasure. Circuses are most commonly travelling acts, which leads to the conclusion of wild animals being in confined locations when being transported. While caged, they have no range of motion. In order to get animals to participate in the tricks that take place on the stage, it is often seen that trainers use excessive abusive training. Although positive reinforcement usually occurs to get the creatures to participate, it is not far enough to guarantee the overall control of dangerous animals such as lions or ginormous beings like elephants. Much like zoos, if animals attempt to escape they are most likely shot to death. The Animal Welfare Act is known to produce minimal standards when it relates to handling, care, treatment and transportation of animals. It vaguely states what shall be done, and without breaking any laws circus shows are still able to create an abusive environment for the animals.[2] With all of this said, millions of animals around the world are being tortured to produce a show that is made to make people happy. With the under lying truth about these events, would the average person still support these ideas if they knew what was actually occurring? There is no doubt that animals are one of the most common ways to attract an audience. The entertainment film industry is seen using animals to generate box office numbers along with ratings. “A Dog’s Purpose,” a Hollywood film portraying the love one can have for a man’s best friend was set to release in the month of January before the leak of a video that displayed animal abuse during the filming of the movie. Footage of a German Shepard being forced into turbulent waters was seen in multiple videos, cancelling the premiere of the movie. It was later release and sales plummeted as protesters stood up for the dogs that participated in the abuse that took place during filming. The producer explained that it would have quadrupled the budget of the movie if they were to use digitally enhanced images.[3] Is it really ethical to put a dog’s life in danger to save millions of dollars, which companies have to spend? The movie “Blackfish,” entails the death of many workers in the entertainment industry that attempted to train a killer whale. Because of the abusive acts this wild creature did not know where to turn, killing the individuals who were causing the abuse. This story challenges humans to evaluate their relationship with nature and consider the effects we have on exceedingly intelligent and enormously sensitive fellow mammals.[4] This abuse in the entertainment world has been happening for an extensive period of time. Deaths of real rhinos occurred for the filming of the oldest Tarzan movie, and slaughtering usually occurred during the production of western movies. Because of a concerned audience the American Humane Association (AHA) was eager to step in for the safety of animals on set. However, seen as animal abuse in films still occur, they are not completing their job correctly. One of the most largely anticipated films, “Life of Pi” also participated in animal cruelty by nearly drowning the main aspect of the movie, the tiger. Thousands of movies use the method of abuse when animals are present. “No animals were harmed,” is a very misleading statement to the audiences of films. The AHA who sets out this seal of approval does not monitor living conditions, pre-production training, and premature separation of infants from their mother’s. They are also only able to defend the abuse they are there to witness.[5] In a world that we have the technology to digitally alter images, it is significantly easy to eliminate the use of animals in the entertainment world. Abuse and cruelty to animals should be a thing of the past, and as human beings we should not be able to gain any pleasure or use out of the torture of beings that are similar to us. As human’s, we should stand up for the equality for all living things and should not be subjected to abusive behaviours that we are unaware of in the events we attend in our daily lives.





[1] 10 Reasons to Skip Your Next Zoo Visit. (n.d.). Retrieved March 05, 2017, from

[2] Circuses. (n.d.). Retrieved March 06, 2017, from

[3] ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ was supposed to be a hit, until animal-abuse controversy threw the studio’s plan out the window. (2017). Retrieved March 06, 2017, from

[4] Blackfish. (n.d.). Retrieved March 09, 2017, from

[5] Animal Abuse in Films: Why Hollywood is No Place for Animals. (2017, January 20). Retrieved March 09, 2017, from


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