Mom Ruins Field Trip Because She Loves Dolphins More Than Fun

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shutterstock_133313075__1395863435_142.196.167.223One mom felt so strongly about the welfare of animals in captivity at Marineland in Niagara Falls that she managed to get her son’s class trip cancelled. I think her convictions are important and probably right – but I’m not sure she should be deciding how comfortable all the parents are with this issue for them.

Jennifer Jamieson convinced her 9-year-old sons elementary school not to go ahead with a planned field trip and she’s hoping to convince the public school board to follow suit and completely ban trips to the park:

“This is not some hippie bandwagon stunt. I am a mother [who is] truly concerned for and dedicated towards the welfare of animals,” Jamieson told CBC Hamilton. “I want my children to live a compassionate lifestyle and for society to stop viewing captivity as just another social norm.

I respect that. I totally respect her right to keep her child home from that trip. But to cancel the trip all together? No. I don’t think she has the right to end a trip for kids who are not hers.

The self-proclaimed “animal liberation activist” said she was “delighted” when her son’s teacher responded saying she had decided to scrap the outing and find an alternative. Planning was in its early stages and hadn’t been announced to students in the class, Mountain View principal Jenny Seto-Vanderlip told CBC Hamilton.

Instead of Marineland, students will be going to the Royal Botanical Gardens.

Oh, great. What would your nine-year-old rather see – a bunch of flowers or a dolphin? I think we all know the answer to that. At least the kids didn’t know about the trip to begin with; it was in the early stages of planning. I’m sure they are all just as happy to walk around some exquisitely manicured lawns as they would be to ogle sea lions and see a zillion different species of fish.

(photo: Pannochka/ Shutterstock)


  1. Robotic Socks

    March 26, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    As a floral liberation activist I am offended by this story!!! >:(

  2. K.

    March 26, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    Why is a class going to visit an amusement park? Shouldn’t school field trips be educational? (And while Marineland *can* be educational, its purpose isn’t education–that would be an aquarium)

    I don’t really have a problem with this. The mother wrote the teacher and it was the teacher/school who cancelled the trip. I believe she’s petitioning the School Board to ban similar trips as well.

    You don’t have to agree with her stance on things, but she’s not abusing power, here. She’s pretty much behaving the same as I would if I objected to some school practice.

    • Robotic Socks

      March 26, 2014 at 4:14 pm

      You have no problem with one person dictating their personal views on everyone else?


    • K.

      March 26, 2014 at 4:16 pm

      No, that’s not what I said.

      I said that I don’t have a problem with one person EXPRESSING their personal views. Which is what she’s doing. She emailed a teacher and petitioned a School Board. Parents have the right to do that.

      It’s the school and the Board who make the decisions, ultimately, and it appears that in this case, they listened to her and agreed.

    • Robotic Socks

      March 26, 2014 at 4:19 pm

      I know, I was just exaggerating your point.

      But was this just the squeaky wheel getting the oil? Is that the lesson you want your children to learn? Don’t like something? Complain and prevent anyone else that might like it from enjoying it!

    • SA

      March 26, 2014 at 4:21 pm

      Well, the kids didn’t know about the trip in the first place, so I don’t think they learned any lessons from this.

    • Robotic Socks

      March 26, 2014 at 4:29 pm

      Ah, so ignorance is bliss?

    • K.

      March 26, 2014 at 4:40 pm

      Oh absolutely, the squeaky wheel gets the oil! …so long as the squeaky wheel does it through appropriate channels.

      Dude, I plan on bringing my kids to a few city council meetings. Seriously. We’ve got a very active populace in my town and I’m pretty proud that people actually talk about local politics. It’s important.

      Teaching your kids to speak up for things they believe in isn’t the same as teaching them they’ll win every battle or don’t deserve to lose.

    • cabinfever

      March 26, 2014 at 4:41 pm

      I hope you’re in Toronto!

    • K.

      March 26, 2014 at 4:54 pm

      Oh God. Horrible for Toronto…but spectacular entertainment for us :/

    • pixie

      March 26, 2014 at 4:56 pm

      Huzzah for the crack addict, alcoholic mayor!

    • Jessifer

      March 26, 2014 at 8:21 pm

      Or “RoFo”, as many people now call him. lol

    • pixie

      March 26, 2014 at 8:40 pm

      Lol, I haven’t heard that one yet!

      My mom likes to keep me updated on his antics, though, it’s hilarious.

    • Mystik Spiral

      March 26, 2014 at 4:42 pm

      Or stand up for your convictions and do everything, within the law, that you can to uphold your convictions. Doesn’t sound like such a bad lesson to me.

    • Véronique Houde

      March 26, 2014 at 11:24 pm

      Well, TBH, nothing’s preventing the kids from going with their parents on their own time – the mom was just asking that the school not encourage animal abuse by going as a group.

    • pixie

      March 26, 2014 at 4:40 pm

      High school students often go to Wonderland (an amusement park minus animals) for one of their physics units in high school. I’m kind of sad I never took physics for that reason.

    • K.

      March 26, 2014 at 4:45 pm

      Yeah–I’ve heard of the amusement park thing for physics as well, and there’s probably some sort of educational program that Marineland offers, but I’d still raise my eyebrows and wonder why not some other option out there–like an aquarium, natural history museum, etc.

      Kind of gives me the willies when a for-profit company says “hey kids, come see our factory and let us talk to you about how awesome we are!” I’m sure there are Atlanta kids who visit the Coke plant, but the idea of it makes me twitch a bit.

    • pixie

      March 26, 2014 at 4:51 pm

      The nearest aquarium is in Toronto, and that’s quite the drive, especially with traffic (omg traffic on any of the major highways in the area, except the one toll road, which goes too far north of Toronto anyways, is horrid). There are other places, conservation areas and whatnot that are closer. Like the bird of prey sanctuary in my region that has non-releasable birds of prey native to the province and explain about them while they do mini shows. The shows are during the birds’ exercise times, so it’s multipurpose and really cool. (Birds can’t be returned to the wild because they were either originally pets and imprinted on humans or were badly injured). The same place also has the last semi-wild bison herd in the province, too.

    • Kelly

      March 26, 2014 at 6:38 pm

      How is it any different than watching a show like, “How it’s Made”?

      Some people actually enjoy learning how things are made. Factory tours are great for that. I’m not a big fan but my family loves that show. I don’t see how anyone could say it isn’t education to learn how things we use are created.

    • Kelly

      March 26, 2014 at 6:38 pm

      *educational, oops. I blame the drugs.

    • K.

      March 26, 2014 at 6:47 pm

      I’m not arguing that it’s not educational or couldn’t be educational; I’m just saying that if my kid’s class were going to visit a for-profit company, I’d probably question it (albeit, not necessarily *disagree* with it–it depends on what it was and what the plan was.)

    • jendra_berri

      March 26, 2014 at 8:08 pm

      My grade eight graduation trip was to Wonderland. So much fun! Great memories 😀

    • pixie

      March 26, 2014 at 8:39 pm

      Very nice! The only time I’ve been there through school was for this bonding retreat thing when I was a leader in black (basically a prefect, we were cool because we got to wear black shirts instead of white) and we went during their Halloween thing where the entire place gets turned into haunted houses and stuff. I think the teachers just wanted to go, though, and taking us was a good excuse. Ain’t nothing like bonding over being scared shitless together!

    • SarahJesness

      March 26, 2014 at 4:56 pm

      I’ve gone on amusement park field trips, but those have usually been end of the year trips as a reward kind of thing. (I currently work at an amusement park and at the end of the school year, when the park is normally open on weekends, a number of weekdays are reserved as school days) Some schools do it for every student who hasn’t gotten in serious trouble, others do it for honor students, etc. If the trip is supposed to be educational, I agree, the school should choose a different location.

  3. Jessifer

    March 26, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    Being from the area, I have to come to this woman’s defense and say that this issue is about much more than just a person who does not like zoos or animals in captivity. It’s about Marineland specifically and their atrocious record of animal abuse. There have been several articles in the local papers for the last few years whereby dozens of trainers working at Marineland went public with stories about the horrific treatment of the animals at that park. They deserve to go out of business, imo.

    • Lilly

      March 26, 2014 at 4:21 pm

      I have to second the support of the parent, this particular place has been investigated multiple times by the Ontario SPCA for animal cruelty charges. There are other places in the area with similar things (zoos and aquariums) that don’T have such a contentious history

    • Jessifer

      March 26, 2014 at 4:24 pm

      Not only that, but they have tried to bully and intimidate everyone who has spoken out against it:

    • cabinfever

      March 26, 2014 at 4:36 pm

      Yeah, because we’re specifically talking about Marineland here, I have to support this parent.

      That place needs to be shut down.

    • pixie

      March 26, 2014 at 4:38 pm

      Plus, there’s also a bunch of other places in the area that they can go to that aren’t as far away as Niagara Falls. Toronto and the Riley’s Aquarium might be stretching it, but Halton Region has a bunch of conservation areas, including a bird of prey sanctuary, which is like the coolest thing ever (grew up in the GTA, my parents still live there, and I visit back home whenever I’m on break from school).

    • Jessifer

      March 26, 2014 at 7:08 pm

      I know the Metro Toronto Zoo has gotten a lot of flak over their elephants not having enough space, but I think they were moved to a sanctuary not long ago and I haven’t heard any other complaints about the treatment of the rest of their animals. Surely the school could consider going there.

    • pixie

      March 26, 2014 at 7:11 pm

      That’s possible to, but looking at Google maps, it’s quite the drive from Stoney Creek to where the zoo is, especially in the 400-series traffic from hell.

    • SarahJesness

      March 26, 2014 at 4:53 pm

      Yeah, I hear that place is horrible. They keep an orca alone (though there are rumors that they’re planning on importing some from Russia) and her teeth are all ground down. Not to mention problems with their other animals, like water chemicals causing problems for the sea lions and such.

      If the school wants to take the kids to see animals and learn about them, I’m sure they have access to better places than a glorified circus.

    • rrlo

      March 26, 2014 at 11:12 pm

      I see where this mother is coming from too. While I am not against zoos and aquariums in general, Marineland is a totally different story. The disgraceful behaviour of the owners shouldn’t be supported. Just last year the owner was accused of shooting the neighbours dogs.

  4. SA

    March 26, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    Eh, I don’t know. The woman has pretty legitimate reasons and the school obviously agreed with her. The students were unaware of the trip so I don’t really see what the big deal is. It isn’t like the kids had been planning the trip for a while and she jerked it away from them. It actually sounded like a good way to deal with it.

    • G.S.

      March 26, 2014 at 8:09 pm

      Yeah, I mean, the article makes her sound like an over-the-top animal rights fanatic who thinks the world must accommodate to her kids and worldview, but if she just wrote in a letter to the school saying, “Hey, yeah, this Marineland place? It’s actually kinda really shitty to their animals. Here’s a list of all the ways they’ve been shitty to their animals. Are you really sure you want to support this place and send kids here?” then the school could have understandably canned the trip entirely on those grounds instead of, “Must bow down to complaining mother, because that is what schools do when mothers complain about things.”

      And she brought up her concerns before the trip was announced, not like, 3 days before the kids were supposed to go. Still, it’s gonna suck for the kid when the other kids learn that he’s “the kid of the mom who got our Marineland trip cancelled and got us sent to this lame-ass garden instead.” Seriously, somebody should have lobbied for the Bird Sanctuary that y’all are talking about. It sounds awesome!

    • G.S.

      March 26, 2014 at 8:09 pm

      Yeah, I mean, the article makes her sound like an over-the-top animal rights fanatic who thinks the world must accommodate to her kids and worldview, but if she just wrote in a letter to the school saying, “Hey, yeah, this Marineland place? It’s actually kinda really shitty to their animals. Here’s a list of all the ways they’ve been shitty to their animals. Are you really sure you want to support this place and send kids here?” then the school could have understandably canned the trip entirely on those grounds instead of, “Must bow down to complaining mother, because that is what schools do when mothers complain about things.”

      And she brought up her concerns before the trip was announced, not like, 3 days before the kids were supposed to go. Still, it’s gonna suck for the kid when the other kids learn that he’s “the kid of the mom who got our Marineland trip cancelled and got us sent to this lame-ass garden instead.” Seriously, somebody should have lobbied for the Bird Sanctuary that y’all are talking about. It sounds awesome!

    • pixie

      March 26, 2014 at 8:36 pm

      Those birds are freakin awesome. If I wasn’t so busy I’d volunteer there over the summer.

    • G.S.

      March 26, 2014 at 10:44 pm

      What is it called?

    • pixie

      March 27, 2014 at 7:32 am

      Mountsberg. It’s part of Conservation Halton (or Halton Conservation, I can never remember what the collective group of conservation areas is called…).

  5. Surly Canuck

    March 26, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Personally I really liked my school trip to Royal Botanical Gardens (the one in Montreal). We got a chance to run around and see lots of different environments. It also had an Insectarium which was hands-on and very interactive. And heck when your a kid as long as you aren’t in class, it’s awesome.
    Also, I don’t see any problem with a parent voicing her concerns. Marineland has had a lot of negative press lately with former employees coming forward about about poor water quality and sick animals.

    • Véronique Houde

      March 26, 2014 at 11:19 pm

      Our botanical gardens kick ass. 😉 I love the fact that I live right next to them! I brought my daughter to the butterfly exhibit last year (they get thousands of butterflies and let them fly free inside of a room). She was fascinated!

    • Surly Canuck

      March 27, 2014 at 9:40 am

      Oh my gosh, that exhibit sounds awesome!

    • Véronique Houde

      March 27, 2014 at 11:01 am

      It’s actually taking place right now! 🙂 I might go later today actually

    • Shea

      April 3, 2014 at 11:39 am

      I love that exhibit! We live near the botanical gardens too (maybe we’re neighbours, haha).

    • Véronique Houde

      April 3, 2014 at 3:32 pm

      SO AWESOME!! Are you east or west of the park? I’m just passed the olympic village near sherbrooke

    • Shea

      April 3, 2014 at 3:42 pm

      A bit west, near Préfontaine station. I used to live in the Plateau when I was a student, and I miss being within walking distance of a lot of stuff, but I like the quiet out here. And the cheaper rent!

  6. TngldBlue

    March 26, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    This to me is no different from fighting for any cause you feel passionately about. I admire people that strive to make changes instead of just giving lip service. It’s not as if she went around passing judgement on others & pronouncing that any parent that sends their child there loves animal abusers. She saw something she was very against and worked to change it. I applaud her for acting on her beliefs and not taking the route so common these days of going directly to the press and screaming about it, bitching on social media, and/or starting an internet petition.

  7. Hyperbolme

    March 26, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Without question, I would rather my child see flowers than a dolphin in captivity. In fact, my child’s first field trip was to the sanitation department. So I can say with authority and conviction that I’d rather my child go visit garbage than a place where animals are mistreated.

  8. Mystik Spiral

    March 26, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    Good for her.

  9. Liz

    March 26, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    I took a trip to Marineland with my elementary school days. Besides the fact that they treat their animals horribly and it is ethically wrong to support that, this was a really not at all educational trip. Three quarters of that day was spent in the amusement park portion on the rides. It was a fun day, but they could probably come up with something to do that isn’t harmful to animals or lacking completely in educational value.

  10. pixie

    March 26, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    Marine Land is pretty much SeaWorld. I’ve never been and after hearing all the bad stuff, I’d rather keep it that way. They also have the worlds most annoying commercials that run ALL SUMMER LONG and played EVERY OTHER FUCKING COMMERCIAL. Seriously, there have been times where I’d love to stab my ears to stop hearing it and they haven’t changed it in about a bajillion years.

    Like I mentioned below, there are also a lot more places nearby that include animals, such as conservation areas, that also educate about animals that they could go to. I don’t remember ever going to the Botanical Gardens, but I’ve heard really good things about it.

    • Frannie

      March 26, 2014 at 6:00 pm

      I grew up in New England and I remember the Marine Land commercials because we got CFCF12 out of Canada. I agree it reminds me a lot of Sea World- in a bad way.

    • pixie

      March 26, 2014 at 6:03 pm

      It’s the one thing I’m not looking forward to when I go home in a couple weeks. I don’t have a radio here in Ottawa and I rarely watch TV, but I’m usually too lazy to hook my iPod up to my mom’s car radio when I drive it so I listen to a lot of radio when I’m at home *sigh*

    • Sri

      March 26, 2014 at 7:55 pm

      “Everyone loooooooooooooves Marine Land!”

      Gdi, now that song is stuck in my head and I’m sad about the balugas. Did they do arctic cove before or after those balugas died? That was right as I was moving away, so my timeline is wonky.

      Eta: Maria “I hate dolphins” Guido. Also, I remember marine land conditions being worse than sea world. Both are pretty shitty on the animal welfare front, though.

    • pixie

      March 26, 2014 at 7:57 pm

      I think they still sing about arctic cove. I’m trying REALLY hard to not get it stuck in my head. lol

    • Jessifer

      March 26, 2014 at 8:23 pm

      That song still haunts me, even after getting rid of cable TV.

    • pixie

      March 26, 2014 at 8:34 pm

      I know, it’s the worst. Especially when I try to change the radio station in the car and it’s practically on every station. I have been known to flip off the radio because of it…

  11. thisshortenough

    March 26, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    The kids didn’t even know the trip was happening yet so what’s the big deal? I personally think she did the right thing, if the park is well known for abuse of animals why would you continue to go there? I’m sure there’s plenty of other places kids can go where they’re not funding a bunch of animals being kept in a tank unsuitable for their living needs. Also why would we want to teach kids that as long as everyone has fun there’s nothing wrong with participating in institutes that have notorious reputations.

  12. SusannahJoy

    March 26, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    I am 100% behind this woman. No one should be supporting an institution that abuses animals, and we sure as hell shouldn’t be teaching our kids that it’s ok.

  13. shorty_RN

    March 26, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    I actually totally agree with this mom. And personally, I would’ve LOVED to go to the botanical gardens as a child.

    • Guets

      March 27, 2014 at 9:43 am

      Any field trip is a good field trip as a child IMHO.

  14. SarahJesness

    March 26, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    I hear Marineland Canada is kind of horrible anyway. Even ignoring any concerns about whether or not it’s ethical to keep animals or certain types of animals in captivity, Marineland doesn’t exactly have the best track record when it comes to take care of its animals.

    Just as well, if this trip is intended to be educational, the school probably would be better off choosing a different location. In my experience, and from the other stuff I’ve seen, marine theme parks tend not to be particularly educational. It’s basically a circus.

  15. Larkin

    March 26, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    Yeah, I see absolutely no problem with this. The kids didn’t even know about the trip, so it’s not like she freaked and destroyed something they’d been looking forward to for months. And it doesn’t sound like she was obnoxious about it… she made her feelings known, the teacher and school reviewed them, and then the teacher/school made the final decision. Seems totally reasonable to me.

  16. lin

    March 26, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    I hope the comments have given the author something to think about. This place needs to be shut down! Mass graves discovered, illegally keeping animals, animal cruelty, terrible conditions…the list goes on. But, But, But…the animals are cuter than flowers! Geez.

    • elle

      March 26, 2014 at 6:05 pm

      I agree. And the crazy thing is the linked article brings up Marinelands questionable care but Maria was still like yeah, no dolphins>flowers so who cares about allegations of animal abuse. SMDH.

  17. Buffy

    March 26, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    Yeah, dear author, this mom sucks! Nothing better than watching abused animals for fun! Hooray!

    Now for real: I still cringe at the memory of an animal park I visited as a child. With dolphins in a small habitat. I didn’t know it better as a child but I wish I hadn’t been there.

    So I think it’s wonderful what this woman did: Great mom, great empathy, I’d love to congratulate her for her thoughtfulness!

  18. Jessica Miller

    March 26, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    Is it really that hard to find another place for a fun field trip? One that doesn’t have such a crap track record for animal care? I’m gonna take Ms. Jamieson’s side here.

  19. the_ether

    March 26, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    How dare someone use their voice to make a change in the world that keeps an exploitative and cruel business from making money off a school trip! Because we should never do anything ever that changes the mind or actions or experiences of another person. FREEDOM!

  20. tk88

    March 26, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    Yeah, this woman is a total killjoy because children having “fun” is so much more important than them learning respect and humane treatment for animals. The only time seeing dolphins would be properly educational for children would be if they were going on a trip to see them in the wild. Aquariums/parks abuse and mistreat the animals, as well as force them to perform unnatural acts. At least now the children will actually learn about something that really occurs in nature.

  21. jendra_berri

    March 26, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    No. No. No. Fuck that. Marineland is shit. It needs to be closed down. This is not a “parenting decision.” It’s a animal rights issue. Those poor creatures are suffering. It’s an inhumane place where compassion towards animals goes to die. I’d consider her actions a much-needed education for anyone at the school unaware of this terrible park.

    • maire

      March 26, 2014 at 9:12 pm

      I agree completely and whole heartedly.

  22. Allen

    March 26, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    I think it’s good she spoke up. This park sounds terrible, and there are much better ways for kids to learn about marine life and have fun that don’t involve supporting animal abuse.

    Also, she’s not deciding for other parents. If other parents are okay with Marineland, they can plan private family trips there. The school isn’t obligated to cancel the trip just to appease one person, but they also aren’t obligated to give the kids a trip to Marineland just because some families are cool with it. But I think the school does have a responsibility to try to plan field trips that are ethical.

  23. Elisa Probert

    March 27, 2014 at 12:35 am

    There are certain animals that should NOT be in captivity. Anything that is smarter than we are? Definitely on the list. Anything that needs 10 miles of space? On the list. Anything we are super closely related to? On the list.

    Just SEEING them is not educational. Especially if the place that’s keeping them has questionable care practices. Unless the goal is to make them hate such places with a passion.

    Hell, one bad memory of the trip will RUIN the rest of them. When I was in first grade, my class had a trip to a zoo in Germany. (Dad was Air Force, we were stationed at Frankfurt Air Base) Most of the animals had big, beautiful exhibits laid out like a natural environment. The lions had a huge prairie with rocks to lounge on, so far from the fence I could barely see them. The baboons had a mini-mountain and just kept showing off their big red butts.

    Then there was the elephant. She was standing in a little pen, just beg enough to turn in, with a chain on her leg. She was just standing there. Swaying. Swaying like an old tree in the wind. There was no joy in her. There was no life in her. Just an empty elephant skin standing in the sun. And despite everything else I saw that day, that is the first image I think of when I think of my trip to that zoo.

    Ever since, I have firmly believed that elephants, more than any other animal, should never be in captivity. Orcas, also. Large, intelligent animals with a highly developed and complex social structure, and we think we can just keep them in a tank, or a pen, or whatever?

    Aaaand I’m crying about that damn elephant…30 years later she still haunts me. I wish I could go back and keep my six year old self from seeing her in the first place.

    • Paul White

      March 27, 2014 at 10:09 am

      If it’s any comfort, current standards are for elephants to be kept in social groups with multi-acre enclosures.

  24. gothicgaelicgirl

    March 27, 2014 at 7:58 am

    Well done!
    Yes some parents may be pissed, but if it hadn’t been announced to the kids, then no harm done.
    It’d be a different story if they had been told first, then they would have something to be disappointed about.

    Nothing wrong with going somewhere that DOESN’T encourage the captivity of wild animals!

  25. allisonjayne

    March 27, 2014 at 10:00 am

    I was actually kind of torn about this when I first read about it. Marineland is, as others have said, a truly awful place and I will never support it. I’d have a really hard time if my kid’s school was going on a field trip there (thankfully I don’t think that’ll happen as we’re in Toronto and we have a new aquarium here – it’s not perfect but it’s definitely way better than gross Marineland) because I absolutely wouldn’t want her to go and I definitely want to pay for it (usually parents have to pay for field trips still, right?), but I also wouldn’t want her to be singled out….nor would I want to be vilified by other parents. It sounds like what the mom did was the right thing to do – the school board

  26. April

    March 27, 2014 at 10:37 am

    I agree with the mom, and I think your article is ignorant. Supporting animal captivity and cruelty is not fun.

  27. LJ

    March 27, 2014 at 2:56 pm

  28. NYCNanny

    March 27, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    I’m sorry, but I TOTALLY AGREE AND PRAISE THIS MOM! Good for her. Dolphins in captivity are miserable and always have awful stories as to how they were captured. I’ve gotten my school (both hs and college, in years past) to cancel a circus trip (seriously… who still goes to the circus?) and change the organization we were fundraising for (from a very animal-testing organization to a no-animal testing one.)

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