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On Parade: The Hidden World of Animals in Entertainment
by Rob Laidlaw
Rob Laidlaw has travelled the world and documented abuses of animals in a variety of situations from roadside snake charmers in India to dancing bears in China, to the racetracks and movie studios of North America. This book examines animals at the zoo and circus, animals working in movies and television, violence in the world of performing animals and offers ways to impro ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published November 1st 2010 by Fitzhenry & Whiteside
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The problem I think I have with this book is that a lot of information is covered, but it is not gone into too much detail. There is a whole chapter on horse racing but only a short paragraph on dog fighting. Cock fighting barely gets a couple of sentences of mention, which are some of the issues I think hit closer to home in the US. It seems to be more of an attack on all circus and other animal trainers, which could be a bitter pill to swallow, especially when we are presented with little deta ...more
I couldn't recommend this book to anyone over the age of 10. When I ordered this book from my local library, its entry in the card catalog was incomplete. Had I known it was intended for children, I might have still read it, but I wouldn't have had such high expectations. The information provided in the book is very basic. I have recently been made aware of PETA's campaign against circuses and wanted to learn more about the abuses animals in entertainment face. The information in this book barel ...more
A rather disturbing introduction to the uses of animals in various forms of entertainment as well as their frequent mistreatment when out of the spotlight. This book was cataloged as a juvenile book, but I would recommend it for teens, instead. And not those who are easily disturbed by mild mistreatment of animals, because some of these stories are rather extreme.
Such a sad book. I will definitely not attend any more events that exploit animals for entertainment. I can't wait to pair this nonfiction with The One and Only Ivan this school year. Thanks so much for the recommendation, Becky! :-)
For more than thirty years, Rob Laidlaw has devoted his life to protecting animals. He is the founder of several animal protection organizations, including Zoocheck Canada, a wildlife protection group. He regularly speaks to groups of all ages about animal issues and how individuals can empower themselves to effect change. Rob resides in Toronto, Ontario.More about Rob Laidlaw...