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How many times have people witnessed or heard about animal cruelty Circuses are one of the many places where animals are treated poorly One of the many endangered species that are forced to join the circus is the largest land mammal the elephant Wild animals such as the elephant are taken from their natural habitat to perform uncomfortable tricks for human entertainment They suffer from the drastic changes in climate the inappropriate shelters and transportation conditions and the countless beatings There needs to be a greater respect for animals not dominance over animals The Roman Empire was a time period of proving mans superiority Blatant cruelty was found in their circuses In 70 amphitheaters elephants hippopotamuses rhinoceroses crocodiles giraffes lions tigers bears deer and more were butchered just for the fun of it 8 thousand animals were killed on the first two days of the opening of the Coliseum in Rome itself This was only a display of warriors skills and courage It was to prove their dominance over nature These cruelties came to an end around the fifth century AD Preece Chamberlain 9 It only ended because of the fall of the Roman Empire and the economic decline when exhibitions could not be afforded It was the dark ages for humans but it was a period of relief and happiness for the animals However the excitement of the extravagances spread to other places throughout Europe 10 To justify the distinction between Roman circuses and modern circuses everything but the name is different The word circus suggests to the ring in which the events are performed The modern circus became greatly popular between 1880 to 1920 206 The modern circus actually began in the late eighteenth century By 1830 travelling circuses with clowns acrobats and animals were touring England and America American trainer Isaac A Van Amburgh routinely beat his animals into surrender The belief was that the trainer
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