To the Editor:
Kudos to the Bar Harbor Town Council for having the courage and compassion to stop circus cruelty at the city limits. Residents should be proud to have officials who recognize that beating elephants with bullhooks and whipping tigers is ethically indefensible.
When not performing, these animals spend most of their lives caged or chained in tractor trailers while being hauled from city to city.
The council also is to be commended for putting an end to the ugly cycle of puppy mills — mass-breeding facilities in which animals are kept in tiny, dirty cages and never given love or attention or even a chance to roll in the grass.
With millions of healthy dogs waiting in shelters for a home, this segment of the breeding industry is something no one with a heart should support.