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Wild-animal shows are on their way out. Circuses are shutting down or dropping their animal acts, and hundreds of venues and dozens of communities have banned them. Yet some fairs still appear to support the exploitation of certain individuals—including bears, giraffes, monkeys, and sea lions, whose only fault is not having been born human—for mere entertainment.
Experts recommend against transporting fragile giraffes unless it's essential to their well-being, because it's so physically and psychologically distressing to them. Captive giraffes exhibit an extremely high rate of neurotic, stereotypic behavior resulting from captivity-related stress, frustration, or deprivation.
Bears are complex animals whose instincts require them to climb, dig, forage, walk long distances, and build nests. But those exploited for fairs are carted from city to city inside cramped transport cages, and they're forced to be displayed or perform tricks that have no meaning to them. And elephants—who walk up to 30 miles a day in nature—are often forced to give rides at fairs. They live under the constant threat of being hit with bullhooks—sharp steel-tipped weapons resembling a fireplace poker—in the most sensitive parts of their bodies.
Urge the Central Florida Fair and Georgia Mountain Fair to leave wild animals out of their upcoming events and all future ones.