Time to ban circuses with animals?

Circus tiger mauls tamer mid-act


A tamer was viciously attacked by the tiger he was performing with during a circus act in Madrid on Sunday.

Thirty-five-year-old Danny Gottani was rushed to hospital after sustaining serious cuts and bites to his throat, legs and back.

Just moments before, hundreds of spectators had watched in disbelief as the big cat pounced on the animal trainer and wouldn't let go of him.

Although part of the audience assumed the attack was part of the pair’s stage act, they soon realized the mauling was all too true when another circus member rushed to the scene and began striking the animal with a stick.

According to the Gottani Circus website, the animal trainer has been working with tigers since the age of 18 and never uses any whips or weapons to control the animals.

Madrid Health Services told Spanish news agency EFE that none of Gottani’s vital organs were damaged in the attack even though the cuts were “relatively deep”.

The tamer’s mother, a spectator in the audience, also needed medical attention after suffering an anxiety attack.

 
 
 
 
 
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Comments

Montse said…
Hi, again, Graham.
I have never like circus. I have always felt sorry for the animals that work in it. They are always locked up in cages. It is no wonder that they end up doing things like that.

Bye!
Graham said…
Montse,

Apparently they put the tiger down. It's disgusting.


I have never liked circuses. ...
José said…
Hello,

I already knew that Graham was a friend of the animals. I celebrate that Montse is on the same boat. I´m from a village and I don´t understand that the people have the animals at home. Generally, it is a floor with less 90 m2. They give coffee, cookies, coke, etc. to the animals. They are in a cage, although it ´s a big cage. ¿What do you think Montse about it?

Regards. José.

Graham said…
Hi José,

Greetings from Scotland!

I agree with you that a flat isn't ideal for a cat or a dog. If you have a dog, you should take it out for exercise three times a day.

Our pets in Inverness have a garden and there is plenty of open space where dogs can run freely.

I don't think it is just down to luck that our pets live to a good old age.

I would love to have a cat or a dog in Madrid but I can't because I'd find it hard to dedicate enough time that an animal needs.

Having a pet is a huge responsibility which I think the majority of pet owners don't appreciate.


I celebrate that Montse is likewise. "to be in the same boat" means that you are in the same unpleasant situation as others.

I'm from a village and I don´t understand why people have animals at home. Generally, it is a floor with less than 90 m2. They give coffee, cookies, coke and so on to the animals. It's as if they were in a cage, even if it ´s a big cage. ¿What do you think about it, Montse?


Hope you have a happy Hogmanay! See you soon.

José said…
Happy Hogmanay to you, Graham.
José said…
Please, tell me what Inverness means, good man. I don´t understand what do you mean with the phrase “it is just down to luck that …”

I hope that you, in Hogmanay, went out home to visit to your friends. ¿Were you the first footing and did you sing Auld Lang Syne? I know that it´s good luck and prosperity, in the New Year, in Scotland, if the first person who arrives home, after twelve o´clock, is a dark-skinned man that he takes food, drink and a piece of coal. Okay?

See you. José.
Graham said…
José,

I had a quiet night in on Hogmanay with my mam and dad. Even so, I had a huge hangover the next day.

How did you spend yours?

José, José - you don't know what Inverness means!?!? I am disappointed with you.

Inverness is my hometown. Google it.


I don´t understand what you mean by the phrase “it is just down to luck that …”

It means that it is "only because of / due to..."

I hope that you, on Hogmanay, went out to visit your friends. ¿Were you first footing and did you sing Auld Lang Syne? I know that it´s good luck and prosperity, at New Year in Scotland, if the first person who visits your home, after twelve o´clock, is a dark-skinned man who brings food, drink and a piece of coal.

I think you would be hard-pushed to find many dark-skinned people in Scotland. When the say dark, I think they mean dark-haired. And I think that the tradition also requires the man to be handsome. That's probably why the tradition has all but died out. :-)


José said…
I´m so sorry Graham. You have to show photos from Inverness in your blog. See you Tuesday. José
Graham said…
José,

It'd be easier to google it.

You can see some photos and a short description in the following posts:

http://madteachergraham.blogspot.com.es/2007/11/inverness-my-hometown.html

http://madteachergraham2.blogspot.com.es/2009/01/lies-and-truth.html


José said…
I´ve watched the photos from your hometown. It´s pretty. Although it has a population of 60.000 people, it seems a big citty. I can see a castle, the River Ness, a bridge, a sea and a beautiful landscape. But Graham, ¿where is the bar witch you prefer to drink johnnie walker or chivas regal? ¿Where is Loch Ness?

I can see your photo in front of the sea. ¡How serious! I think that the most important for you is the sea, because it protects your back. I already understand that you don´t like the lamb because it doesn´t drink salted water. ¿Do you have a fishing rod? LOL.

Greetings. José
Graham said…
Hey José,

You are starting to go all cryptic on me again.

Deep breath, here goes:

I´ve looked at the photos of your hometown. It´s pretty. Although it has a population of just 60,000 people, it seems a big city.

... But Graham, Where is the bar that you like to drink johnnie walker or chivas regal? ¿Where is Loch Ness?

I can see your photo in front of the sea. How serious! I think that the most important thing for you is the sea, because it protects your back. I already understand that you don´t like lamb because it doesn´t drink salty water. ¿Do you have a fishing rod? LOL.


OK, to answer some of your questions:

I prefer to drink a fine malt whisky in the comfort of my own home. In pubs, they are very strict (and not very generous) with their measures.

Loch Ness is a short drive away. You can reach the Loch by boat. There are a number of canals that join the coast to the Loch.

If you look at a map of North Scotland, you will see that you can sail from East to West via a system of canals and lochs.

Do I look so serious in the photo? I remember being very happy that day.

Perhaps, I was feeling a bit sea-sick. I was on a very small boat and the sea was a bit choppy.

Can you see the seals in the backround?

I have never liked fishing.

Maybe one day you will turn vegetarian too. Give up eating lamb and all other kinds of meat.

It's never too late :-)
Graham said…
José,

Take a look at this post on the differences between watch, look and see:
http://madteachergraham2.blogspot.com.es/2012/06/see-v-look-at-v-watch.html
José said…
¿Do you think the monster Ness really exists? ¿It´s truth that anybody has looked at our friend Ness? ¿It´s possible that the Scottish, after drinking whisky, look at the monster? LOL

Hey Graham. ¿Are you vegetarian? I can´t be vegetarian at the moment. I read that our gens had been built with proteins a lot of years ago. I think we need proteins to balance the body. I like lamb and fish, but not seal. ¿Can the human beings eat seal? LOL. José.
Graham said…
José,

I don't know how you get the impression that all Scots are drunks.

Would you believe that I had a period of being tee-total? Admittedly, it only lasted a few months.

So for me, it's been much easier to turn vegetarian than to give up alcohol.



¿Do you think the Loch Ness monster really exists? Is it true that somebody has *seen our friend *Nessie? Is it possible that the Scottish, after drinking whisky, *saw the monster?

... I read that our genes had been built with proteins a lot of years ago. I think we need proteins to balance the body. I like lamb and fish, but not seal. ¿Can human beings eat seal?

* You really do have problems with "look, see and watch". Have you looked at the post I suggested?

*Nessie is the nickname for the Loch Ness monster.

I think that Eskimos eat seals.

And what you say about protein simply isn't true. The fact is that we eat too many proteins. We can get all the proteins we need from pulses (beans, lentils, chickpeas...) and eggs.


Why don't you give up meat for a few months? You might find that you like it.