It's that time of year again when the circus rolls into town. Families clamor for tickets, and it's no secret that elephants are the main attraction. Last August, I took my two daughters to the circus when it stopped in Oakland, CA. But I didn't take them to munch on over-salted and overpriced popcorn while watching the "Most Amazing Show on Earth." Instead, I took them so we as a family could stand up for those poor elephants (and tigers and other animals) for whom the circus is really the "Most Miserable Show on Earth."
I'd like to say my kids were chomping at the bit to join me; after all they agree that elephants shouldn't be in the circus, and they had no desire to see the show. But protesting and activism? Those can be tough concepts for kids to wrap their heads around.
Still, I convinced them to join me. Kids are after all the main reason families go the circus, so it's important that they be part of the push for change. Let's face it, when adults see adults protesting at the circus they often think crazy, left-wing animal fanatics. But when they see children joining the crusade, I'm convinced they'll think twice about shelling out for tickets to see an elephant do tricks.