My reference to people not having pets was to highlight that not all pet owners mistreat their animals just as not all circuses mistreat their animals.
I am also not in agreement with animals being caged up all day without having space or exercise. This would relate to animals such as tigers and elephants for example, as even though the circus that I recently worked for, which was in playa, had bigger 'pen' type cages for them to wonder around in during the day, it still doesn't seem big enough for a tiger.
But on the other hand, horses that get ridden everyday in the circus get great exercise, as with dogs. I know many dog owners that never talk their dog for a walk! Whereas a dog that learns discipline and jumping etc in the circus gets lots of love, attention and exercise.
In all the circuses all around the world that I have worked in I have never seen an animal being hit as a form of training. All animals I have witnessed being trained was with treats/food rewards.
With reference to the reports in the paper to the circus paying people to bring stray dogs to feed the animals, it is completely false. The big cats are fed chicken every day. There was a report on the news (azteca) to show that these claims were false, fabricated by a protester.
Apart from it being absolutely ridiculous, there is no way the circus would risk making the tigers sick by feeding them street dogs that potentially have infections and disease such as rabies. Also the zoo part of the circus is always on display to the public, as well as feeding time, if the circus were feeding the animals stray dogs, its strange that no one ever caught it on camera.