Thanks for the publicity

Published: Thursday, January 26, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 25, 2006 at 10:29 p.m.
Once again the circus has come and gone, and once again the animal rights activists raised their placards and voiced their protests against the appearance of Circus Pages at the fairgrounds. It did my heart good to see the caption on 2B of the Jan. 18 Sun noting that, "The circus performed to a sold-out crowd at the Alachua County Fairgrounds."
Unfortunately, I was not able to attend because of another activity, but I want to thank the animal activists of Alachua County for the wealth of free publicity they provided the circus. I didn't even know there was a circus in town until I saw the activists' spokesperson on television. I have seen this circus in the past and the allegations of gross cruelty are highly questionable.
It is hard to take seriously these allegations from animal rights proponents who oppose eating meat, drinking milk, wearing leather, use of animals in medical research that benefits both humans and animals, riding horses, keeping pets - oops, companion animals - zoos, rodeos, hunting, fishing, seeing eye dogs or any other kind of human interaction with animals, save looking at them.
I am certain that "sold-out crowd" enjoyed a very good show, and some of the crowd probably came to the circus in response to the activists alerting everyone that a circus was in town. I wonder - are the animal activists in cahoots with the circus' publicity department?
William H. Schreiber, Bell

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