Russian circus tradition has children posing for photos with predators

07/11/2013 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Private circuses in Russia allow children to pose for photos alongside predators such as tigers for a fee, something some Russians see as just another risk in a dangerous world. Government-run circuses banned the dangerous photo ops in 2010, but private companies continue the practice, despite a number of attacks during the photo sessions. Some critics have accused the trainers of drugging the animals before the sessions. A government animal entertainment worker is attempting to build support for a ban on the photo sessions.

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