Your Fun Is Their Misery

By Ranolene, age 16, South Africa

I for one most certainly love animals. I believe that animals should be treated like humans. After all, blood runs through all our bodies.

When the word "animal" comes to mind we think of wild, dangerous, free-spirited animals, and that's how they should be, not locked up in cages and being trained, and even worse, being taught how to act like something that's not natural in them.

For many years people around the world have been entertained by animals. Once or twice a year circuses arrives to our town with marvelous stunts to share, done by animals.

Recently I went to a circus that was in town. At first, I was excited at seeing how talented the animals were. But then what struck me was the fact that these animals had marks on their bodies, and their trainers had long hard plastic sticks, and every time they wanted them to perform a stunt they would strike the animals with that plastic stick. It may not occur to us, but they feel the pain.

To us humans, when a baby is born we take great care of him or her. But when an animal is born, maybe 3 or 4 weeks after birth, they are sold to circus owners where they train. Imagine a baby being trained to do stunts, with the pain and suffering a young animal goes through. I don't think any of us would be able to accept it.

It's fine to go and visit these animals at the zoo because there they are well treated and not being hurt. But going to see them at the circus is like making them old beforehand.

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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