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In a Huffington Post blog entry Douglas McPherson explains how he came to change his mind on the vexed issue of animal performers in circuses:
I was brought up to believe it was wrong for animals to perform in circuses, so I understand why many people harbour that instinctive belief. [ . . . ] Having investigated the matter in great depth for my book, Circus Mania, I changed my mind and would like to present 10 reasons why the show – with animals – should go on.
If you have fond memories of the circus, or an abiding passion for this unique tradition, why not view Douglas’s excellent book on the subject? Circus Mania – The Ultimate Book For Anyone Who Dreamed of Running Away with the Circus is the only UK history and a journey into this distinctive world, each chapter an access-all-areas pass to a different circus, talking to the trapeze flyers, clowns, animal trainers and showmen about their lives, work, families, customs and traditions. Douglas McPherson is an expert guide to the history and the culture of the circus.