Letter to the Editor: Forget Tigers, Elephants, And Bears

Low-classed circuses use animals as performers instead of leaving them in the jungle. They place tigers, elephants, and bears in cages for a life of performances.

Clarke Daily News - Opinion & Editorial

A classy circus (think Cirque du Soleil) would never work with performing animals.

Low-classed circuses support criminals and encourage them to continue illegal activity.

Classy circuses boost the economy by employing human beings while inspiring a wonderful circus renaissance around the globe.

Low-classed circuses carry a shocking list of crimes that can be easily found by searching the Internet.

The classy Cirque du Soleil was founded in 1984 by Quebecois accordion player and fire-eater Guy Laliberte as a mix of circus acts and street entertainment. To this day, you can’t pull up a list of crimes by them on the Internet.

Over the past two decades, Class Acts have developed into a giant entertainment empire and have given the circus a new lease of life.

I commend the Shenandoah Apple Blossom coordinators on their fabulous hard work on an incredible festival but ask that they please consider limiting Apple Blossom invitations and promotions to class acts and not continue supporting criminal acts.

Jenelle Hamilton Embrey
Born and Raised In Winchester, VA
Apple Blossom Festival Lover Forever


  1. Another View says:

    “Criminal acts”? WHAT “criminal acts”?

    Circuses with animals are an American tradition, loved by one and all. Lighten up for goodness sakes!

  2. Another View says:

    Equating a circus with animal acts with human slavery is beyond hyperbole. It is intellectually dishonest and outrageous.

  3. Katapoet says:

    A circus is not loved by one and all, and in fact, there is overwhelming evidence that cruelty to the animal acts involved, is rampant. Cirque du Soleil does in fact, in one of their off-shoots, use horses in their acts. But I’ve never heard them equated with cruelty. I love the concept of the Cirque. It is without equal in beauty in performance, and what is cooler, is it is people and imagination that fuels the show.

  4. Another View says:

    Cirque de Soleil is French, and pompous. It is not a circus, it is a 3rd rate show better shown in D.C., where the residents are used to fakery.

    Circuses are loved by all who appreciate American traditions and wholesome family fun. There IS NOT overwhelming evidence” of animal cruelty, only baseless charges by the PETA zealots.

    Have some Crackerjack and lighten up!