PETA explains how they are even better because there's no animal abuse but just as much wonderment and thrills as ever.
'Animal-free circuses have all the thrills, chills, and fun that you expect from the big top—but none of the cruelty to animals.
Unlike depressed elephants and tigers who are forced to perform through beatings and shocks, talented human tightrope walkers, trapeze artists, jugglers, clowns, contortionists, acrobats, fire-eaters, musicians, dancers, and more put on a show for the love of performing.
You've probably heard of Cirque du Soleil, which is famous for its extravagant shows in Las Vegas and other cities around the world, but did you know that there are many other animal-free circuses to choose from as well?
Cirque Éloize, which is based in Québec, weaves traditional circus thrills—including awe-inspiring aerialists, precision juggling, and graceful acrobatics—into narratives, creating a dramatic, sophisticated blend of theater and circus.
Lazer Vaudeville dazzles audiences with high-tech black lights, lasers, and magic.
San Francisco's off-the-wall Circus Finelli—a "circus gone awry," in which four unruly female clowns court disaster—has audiences roaring with laughter.
These are just a handful of the dozens of animal-free circuses, most of which perform both at permanent venues in their home cities and on tour in locations around the globe. Check the circuses' Web sites to find out when and where you can catch a show. Check out the list of animal-friendly circuses and support cruelty-free fun!'