I am writing the following, not as a member of the Lions Club, but as one who has been around the outdoor amusement industry since 1958.
The performers in the circus devote their lives to showcasing their many talents. They are a very close family unit. If only we could mirror this with our own families, spend the time with them as they do. This year their were two nuns with the show who I had the pleasure of going to church with and having breakfast with. They address the spiritual needs of the circus members.
Those that are animal caregivers address the needs every day of their charges. Yes, every day before their own needs. They are fed, given water, dogs walked, elephants cleaned and washed -- all this first.
There is very little space in the wild as man takes over the land and kills and hunts tigers and elephants. If it were not for breeding programs here, many of these wonderful animals would be gone forever. Animals in the circus get excellent care. They do not have to travel miles to find food or water.
Those who are against animals being in the circus have been invited down to meet with the animal caregivers. They have not accepted my request. There has been incidents of signs being tipped over, torn down or thrown away. This has been reported to the police. If you want to earn my respect, you have to respect the rights of others and stop this childish behavior.
We in Dalton are a very caring town. I have served on the Traffic Commission, Mobile Home Rent Control Board, been a water commissioner and served 15 years as a member of the Dalton Fire Department. If you lived here -- as I have for over 30 years now -- you would understand how we address our issues in our town. We do not need to be told how to run our town or what we can allow or not allow in our community.
In closing, anyone wanting information on those groups against the circus can do the following: Go to www.consumerfreedom.com, and read articles in the Huffington Post from July 13, Washington Times on July 8, Pittsburgh Post on July 15 and The New York Times on July 6 where they expose the PETA organization.
Dan McGinnis Sr.