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Reader Poll for August 15, through August 24, 2005

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A group of Las Vegas animal lovers is trying to put pressure on the casinos to stop using live animals in the casino shows. The animal group sites the recent tiger incident with Siegfried and Roy as a possibility of future incidents that might involve members of the audience. Do you think that live animals should be banned from casino shows?  Why or Why not?
Reader Poll Replies:

I think using animals in the shows is great.  Sally Watkins  PA

* I think that using live animals is fine. Assuming everyone involved in handling the animals would have the proper training. It is not much more dangerous than the people having from trapezes and other mechanical items. The animals bring a spontaneous attribute to the shows, and the people involved know the risks. thanks.  Vegas Troy

The chances of an animal incident. The odds are about the same as hitting the lottery animals in shows have given over the years many a thrill and laugh why stop something that has for many a year caused many a smile and laugh I wonder if any of those people from these groups ever went to see Barnum and Bailey mmmmmmm  Gerald McIntosh  NY

* Yes I think the animals should be banned from using in shows, but not because of safety. These shows have been going on for years with animals in them and minimal injuries compared to amount of shows. Should we ban people from using cars, there are way more injuries from them. I think for the animals sake the animal should not be used in shows.   Tim Finley  Albany OR

* The PETA mentality is a necessary element of our civilization, providing an opposing extreme viewpoint, so that reality can be somewhere in the center. But like street preachers, those guys flicking the porn cards all along the strip, and spam e-mail, I reserve the right to ignore them. They can have my grilled Rib-Eye Steak when they can pry it from my cold, dead hands.  Animal Acts are traditions of live theater variety shows. Spectacle is the mainstay of Las Vegas. Spectacular Live Animal Acts involve an element of danger, which must be managed for insurance purposes. Therefore, the audience has a reasonable expectation that sitting in the first six rows does not imply waiver of liability if a tiger should jump the stage. But they should be encouraged to believe that there is a possibility that the tiger could chose them.  Don Portland, OR

Hello, I have been going to Las Vegas for over 2 decades with first my parents as a minor and now as a adult. I have attended many shows that use animals over the years and I hope this practice continues. They bring something special and unique to the Vegas scene. Thank you Marjorie Vincent

* NO. That was one isolated incident and it appears that the tiger wasn't trying to hurt Roy. There are safeguards taken for the benefit of the audience, so it really doesn't come into play.  They are just using this incident to advance their own agenda.  Dan Michigan

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