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The Rose-Tinted Menagerie (English Edition) di [Johnson, William M.]
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From the circus amphitheatres of ancient Rome, to the first travelling dolphin shows in America, Europe and the Far East... From the global trade in wild animals, to the captive chimps and dolphins exploited as tools of war... Through two thousand years of history, The Rose-Tinted Menagerie explores the human attitudes that have shaped our species' conquest-driven relationship with nature as a whole, a psychology as evident in the taming of the wild beast for the circus arena, as in the razing of forests or the mass extinction of species.

Prior to its first publication in 1990, author and investigative journalist William M Johnson spent five years researching The Rose-Tinted Menagerie. His research took him to big tops, menageries and dolphin pools throughout the length and breadth of Europe, and to circus shows from as far afield as the Soviet Union and the United States. While some establishments have shut their doors forever -- such as the infamous dolphin 'striptease' revue at the Moulin Rouge in Paris -- these historical snapshots lucidly capture forms of cruelty and exploitation tragically still prevalent elsewhere, such as the travelling dolphin shows currently entertaining locals and tourists in the Far East.

From his own undercover work and from the testimony of scores of ex-circus and dolphin show staff, by 1990 Johnson had built up a formidable catalogue of evidence that, upon publication, dismayed wildlife experts, shocked the casual reader and provoked political debate: The Rose-Tinted Menagerie.

"It reads like a novel - its content sensational, but its scholarship impeccable. The author has spent five painstaking years piecing together a catalogue of barbarity which will shock and sicken millions of people who for years have unwittingly enjoyed the performances of captive animals..." -- Sadruddin Aga Khan

"William Johnson carries the argument for the abolition of wild animals in circuses to a point where it can no longer be silenced with the cry of 'tradition -- the circus is part of our heritage'. Children down the mines and slavery were as well." -- Virginia McKenna

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  • Formato: Formato Kindle
  • Dimensioni file: 5897 KB
  • Lunghezza stampa: 336
  • Editore: Iridescent Publishing (29 giugno 2012)
  • Venduto da: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ASIN: B008GE01X8
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5.0 su 5 stelle Welcome to the Educational Freak Show 17 luglio 2012
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"The Rose-Tinted Menagerie" is a top-notch expose not to be missed. Spending almost five years traveling worldwide from across Europe, into the former Soviet Union and in the United States, William Johnson interviewed circus owners, dolphin dealers, law makers, councilmen, former trainers and workers, to get answers behind the curtain of the circus industry, the traveling sideshows, and ever-popular marine parks and dolphinariums. Nor does he cut any slack for the exploiters and the lawmakers, unable to live up to their duties to prevent such abuse from happening.

While the original printed copy was published in 1990, and several facilities followed in the novel have closed since, it still remains as a damning - if not haunting - testament to humanity's inclination to exploit any living creature for the sake of the almighty dollar. Additionally, the investigative piece remains relevant due to the parallels mentioned in the pages continue to run rampant in the circuses and marine parks of today.

While most animal rights-themed investigations would try to sucker punch the reader with an overflow of emotions and exploitative drama, Rose-Tinted Menagerie does not. Johnson proves his point through available reports, documentation, interviews of the proponents and opponents of the circus and dolphinarium industry, as well as logical questioning of how and why these `freak shows' are considered acceptable in society. From the account of the Swiss entrepreneurial dolphin dealer that abandoned his own dolphins at an Egyptian hotel pool, to the reports of CITES and other fauna management organizations standing idly by as the animals plucked from the wild and into the confines of captivity, Johnson leaves no stone unturned as he untangles this web of questionable morals and ethics, animal abuse, "edutainment" and corruption.

For those who seek for the bitter truth on the other side of the performing stage curtain, look no further: this book is just for you. While occasionally overwhelming with information in some pages, it is worth your time. But be warned: the ringmaster and his staff will flippantly attempt to make you wear a pair of rose-tinted glasses before pick up a or download a copy.
5.0 su 5 stelle MUST READ for anyone who loves animals. 12 aprile 2017
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A dark and haunting accounting of the barbaric history of captivity and the suffering animals endure in the name of entertainment.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Such a nice copy, and quick delivery. 1 aprile 2014
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Thanks for providing a lovely used copy of this hard-to-find book. So impressed with it, I've ordered digital copies for friends with e-readers. I think this is one of the most important books written in the last 50 years. Thanks again.
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4.0 su 5 stelle Good overview of circus history and animal entertainment 29 aprile 2005
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For anyone interested in circus animals, and the history of circus animals, this is a must-read.
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