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Circus Drive-In may close, making way for PETA

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The Circus Drive-In in Wall may be closing, but a new animal-rights museum could bring new life into the building.

The Circus Drive-In in Wall may be closing, but a new animal-rights museum could bring new life into the building.

Blot Photo by Josh Tobia

Blot Photo by Josh Tobia

The Circus Drive-In in Wall may be closing, but a new animal-rights museum could bring new life into the building.

Kail Ying

For many Monmouth County residents and visitors, the idea of the Circus garners memories of a childish, fun environment and loving atmosphere full of food. After all, The Circus Drive-In Restaurant was “established in 1954, and family owned, The Circus Drive-In Restaurant provides classic car-hop service, prompt curb side pick-up and a casual dining experience under our big top,” according to the restaurant’s website. But, The Circus is possibly closing its doors after more than 50 years, reported The Asbury Park Press.

The possible closing of the establishment has certainly caught the eye of many in the area, and even some more distant entities. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the largest animal-rights organization in the world seeks to convert the Wall landmark into a museum that would showcase injustice of “the practice of capturing wild animals and training them by intimidation and sheer force.” The space would also include a vegan restaurant and snack shop, featuring animal crackers sans the caged wild animals.

While the museum seems like it would be a sound and modern addition to some, to many locals in the area the museum would not be so welcomed. One argument was the lack of need for such a place as “the past is the past,” and animals could not possibly remember what was committed against them.

But there is a time in history when it is necessary for us as humans to realize our mistakes. The crimes against nature committed against the young circus animals captured are not petty acts of human foolishness. No, these acts are those shrouded under the cover of wholesome fun whose tactics and practices are simply evil. The use of hammers and hooks and rods and prods to instill fear into defenseless creatures so that they will do as their trainers’ requests is barbaric and outdated. The burning and breaking of the paws of bears so they will be forced to stand on their hind legs is not something that can be dismissed so that we don’t have to think about what our actions cause. That is why it is so important to have a place like this proposed museum. A physical place that can serve as a reminder of the barbaric ways we once lived and to help us stray from activities that have no regard for other lives on this earth. A monument to our victories in fighting injustice, whether concerning humans or animals can only encourage the voice of the public to fight against what is immoral. Whether this monument will be on the NJ Shore is uncertain but is something to watch, or maybe even hope, for.

This year, companies such as Barnum & Bailey and Ringling Bros and Barnum, two of the most famed circuses in the US, will be closing. Such victories will continue to happen if we continue to stand up to the industries and demand more ethical practices. Whether PETA takes over the drive in restaurant or not, there is one thing that is guaranteed, the outcome is sure to cause quite a stir in local NJ.

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