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Posted:I think we should talk about some ethical standards for shows. By that, I mean if you have a troupe, there should be some standards for which troupes should be accountable.
Here are my rules:
1) I will not attend or in any way support a show that uses captive wild animals (lions, tigers, elephants, etc.). So no Barnum & Bailey or Ringling Bros. for me.
2) I will not attend or in any way support a show that does not use full appropriate safety gear for performers. Thus, trapeze and high-wire acts require a safety net. Aerial silk performances should be done with a safety harness. Fire safety should be followed. Etc.
3) Performers must not work more than 60 hours a week and no more than 12 hours at a time. Regular meal and bathroom breaks should be scheduled. Full benefits (medical, liability, disability) for full-time performers.
Now, few shows are perfect. I don't know how many of these Cirque or Moscow State Circus meets, but what other basic standards do you think shows should have to meet?
-Mike )'( Certified Mad Doctor and HoP High Priest of Nutella