Thursday, December 16, 2004
The Cirque Gruss
The French love the circus. At winter time going to the circus is a popular activity for the family, and there are many to choose from in Paris. In fact you can find a circus all through the year. Today my daughter's class took a field trip to the Cirque Gruss in the Bois de Vincennes. We went to the circus a few weeks ago that was, shall we say, very clown heavy. This was a completely different experience. This show was primarily about the animals: Lions and their tamers, Elephants relieving themselves (I think the kids liked this best... so much laughing and screaming), Camels playing with a yak and zebra, Dogs of all types jumping through hoops, and Horses running around the circle. It was one animal show after another.
But the show bothered me. I think each of these animals had a trainer with a whip. Did you ever think you were part of something that you just didn't know even existed anymore? With all the concern about animal cruelty in the US, I guess I didn't realize shows like these still exist and I was uncomfortable. My daughter jumped every time the whip was used. It makes an awful loud sound. On top of this, we are signed up for yet another circus in a few weeks.
But the animals were magnificent.. here is a picture of an elephant.
-- said Auntie M in Paris
Besides, where else can you see animals relieving themselves with wild abandon...LOL.
# posted by BohemianMama : 12:12 AM
Were there any animal rights activists there?
Seems when Ringling bros makes there way to town there are always activists politely handing out flyers to patrons. A dialogue with regards to circus animals has been opened here primarily because a few elephants went berserk and because of the Siegfried and Roy incident.
# posted by Anonymous : 4:17 AM
"Please say no because the animals can't."
Ever been to a Cirque du Soleil show? It's a great alternative.
# posted by AnneV : 3:43 PM
# posted by Auntie M in Paris : 9:30 PM