Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 12/7/2013 (1143 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
There are no such things as "bad animal operators" or "good ones," as stated in your July 11 story Circus roars over proposed animal ban. The fact is that wild and exotic animals simply do not belong in the entertainment environment.
It is contrary to their nature and to the essence of their natural habitats. Each breed of animal has its own way of living; bears are more solitary, elephants travel miles and miles each day in family units, etc.
There is no breed that is born to be chained, shipped day after day after day from venue to venue, and to stand around on pavement, trained to do unnatural things.
There is a reason that they are called "wild." The only humane, just and respectful way of bringing this issue to a close is to ban it all.
We are past the time where people should be profiting from abusive practices. It just isn't fun or entertaining to be part of an audience knowing these truths. Let's end it now.