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Animals in Entertainment | General Considerations

The ASPCA is opposed to the use of animals in the name of entertainment if such use entails practices that produce pain, injury or distress to the animals in the process of acquiring them for this use, training them to perform, transporting them to performance venues, housing and caring for them for the duration of their period of performance, and disposing of them when their usefulness as an animal performer has ended. The ASPCA is opposed to using animals for entertainment in any circumstance where their physical, social or psychological needs cannot be appropriately met. The ASPCA is therefore opposed to any uses of animals for the purpose of entertainment if the use inevitably or traditionally involves any distressing or inhumane practices.