Alexander Lacey and his tigers were featured at Ringling Bros....

Alexander Lacey and his tigers were featured at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performance at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale March 5-10, 2014. Credit: Feld Entertainment


New York is the greatest city in the world. But the animal abuse allowed to come into town by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and UniverSoul make me want to avoid the city for months at a time.

Beating elephants or suspending tigers in the air while they’re in cages is not something to be proud of. Some tigers are whipped and forced to jump through rings of fire.

The City Council should pass legislation to ban circuses from using wild animals and be a leader in compassion [“Circus bill a showstopper,” News, Oct. 14].

John Dowalo, Levittown


Ecological issues were almost never discussed in this election cycle. It was great, but also discouraging, to read Michael Dobie’s column on the rapid disappearance of the world’s wildlife [“Earth’s wildlife is slipping away,” Opinion, Oct. 30].

Members of the world’s conservation community, witnessing this stark and rapid loss of biodiversity, call this period the next great extinction event, equal in scope to when an asteroid eliminated most of the dinosaurs. If we are to slow — and hopefully reverse — this process, we must think and act globally and locally!

If we fail, then we will sever too many of the intricate threads of the web of life that supplies all living things, including humans, with the essentials for existence. Humanity must realize that our population cannot continue to expand without having a disastrous effect on wildlife and the ecosystems that sustain us all.

As a wildlife rescuer and educator, I witness daily the struggles of wild creatures on Long Island. We need to reconnect and strengthen our bond with nature. The world’s creatures deserve better.

Jim Jones, Bayville

Editor’s note: The writer is a member of Volunteers for Wildlife, a hospital and education center in Locust Valley.