Everyone has probably seen this video on Drudge by now, but it is worth explaining that while the Ringling Brothers Circus as an institution emphasizes ethical treatment of animals, many of those who apply for the low-paying animal-handling jobs are human garbage. And so since the likelihood of hiring trash is high in a circus, it leads directly and therefore systematically to the kind of behavior you see in this video.

It is also worth pointing out that circuses may have had a purpose when there were few amusements for children and families. But today we have countless ways of entertaining ourselves, inside and outside the home, and no longer need the traditional traveling circus shows with their sadistic proclivities.

If you want the kiddies to see animals, take them to a well-reputed zoo. If you want them to see animals doing tricks, turn on Letterman.