The Show Must Go On!

stribphoto.jpgThe Minneapolis City Council did NOT ban the Shrine Circus from coming on its annual trip to the Twin Cities, in a move applauded by private business rights advocates and outcried by (crazy?) animal rights people.

According to the Star Tribune:

Council members approved a milder proposal that would increase regulations, fees and fines for circuses. That proposal was made by members Paul Ostrow and Betsy Hodges.

But the ban, proposed by council members Ralph Remington and Cam Gordon, was not voted on because of the Ostrow-Hodges proposal which the council then voted to send back to the city’s Public Safety and Regulatory Services Committee for fine tuning.

Personally, I understand that as a private operating business involving animals, traveling circuses are already subject to comprehensive animal welfare regulations at the federal, state and local levels and are under constant inspection. That’s enough for me.

Meanwhile, Minneapolis police Sgt. Timothy Davison, former elephant trainer and caregiver, told MPR, “There’s been more people hurt by rollercoasters in the last 10 years than there has been by elephants. Nobody wants to ban rollercoasters.”

According to the Strib article, last year the Shrine Circus — which has seven performances from Oct. 5-7 this year — attracted nearly 60,000 people, making it one of the arena’s most attended events and brought in about $1.5 million to downtown and surrounding areas.

What are your thoughts on the circus? What about zoos? We’re not banning zoos in Minneapolis (although, I guess they don’t have one).

(photo stolen from that same Strib article)

2 Comments so far

  1. wildfan (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2007 @ 10:06 am

    What a waste of time. The City Council needs to get its priorities straight…looking out for their citizens and not some itinerant animals…


  2. Erica M (unregistered) on September 23rd, 2007 @ 8:30 pm

    I suppose the idea of the ban is to force the circus to lose income and ultimately shut down, though I would imagine depriving it of income may actually increase the likelihood of animal neglect.

    But the show will go on even if it doesn’t go on in Minneapolis. So a baseless ban is just dumb.

    The City Council needs to get its priorities straight

    And that, too.



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