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Barbara Sofer

Award-winning writer and lecturer Barbara Sofer grew up in a small town in Connecticut, and moved to Israel in 1971. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Her articles -taking on a wide range of subjects from ethnic cooking to terrorism--have appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Parents, Readers' Digest, Woman's Day, Hadassah Magazine and Inside Magazine among many others. She writes a bi-weekly column for the Friday Jerusalem Post.

Barbara has written five books and contributed to several others


Jerusalem Post

The Human Spirit: A somber day at the circus  

By Barbara Sofer

Eleven exceptional elephants.

No, not Dr. Seuss.

Eleven exceptional elephants went into retirement this month. They are the last Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Baily Circus elephants. The symbol of The Greatest Show on Earth is gone.

Like most folks, I like a circus, but I'm not one of zealous circus aficionados who belong to circus organizations.

What worries me is that radical animal activists who claim to know what's best for animals and who have appropriated the right to speak for the worlds' four-legged creatures have succeeded in creating an atmosphere so hostile to animal performances. They insist that elephants are suffering by living in captivity and performing for human beings. Some object to circuses, while others oppose all animal captivity, like zoos and reserves -even though life for animals is far from safe in the wild. Poke around the Internet for moral quandaries about using dog leashes and crates, restraints for cats.

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