For ages, people have been using animals for entertainment. But now, many activists are breaking the tradition. Yes!
A good example is this circus in Germany that replaced animals with holograms, taking a groundbreaking step to stop animal abuse.
The way people have been treating animals has always been a huge issue, and most often, our selfish desires are the cause of these maltreatments.
Circuses are among the places where animal cruelty is most evident.
Traditionally, circus animals are confined in cages for most of their lives, forced to perform unnatural tricks while undergoing violent training sessions (they're often whipped and electrically shocked into action).
It's no surprise many people are now boycotting circuses and other animal traveling shows.
But a circus in Germany known as Circus Roncalli has taken a more creative approach to this issue, to help keep circus shows alive.
This circus has been entertaining crowds with its animal shows since 1976 but has recently decided to change its traditions in a bid to fight against animal cruelty in the industry.
They have swapped real animals for holograms.
The shows still feature tusks, tails, and an array of acrobats and fiery circles, but not a single animal used is real.
They've recreated the magnificent 3D holographic imagery with projectors that fill the arena measuring 32 meters (105 feet) wide and 5 meters (16 feet) deep with a view of 360°, for their audience to enjoy.
The circus has partnered with Bluebox, which has joined forces with Optoma, installing 11 ZU850 laser projectors throughout the arena.
This provides a mesmerizing experience for the visitors.
The Founder and Director of Roncalli, Birger Wunderlich, said of Bluebox:
"We have been using Optoma projectors for 6 years and have consistently had a very positive experience in price, performance, and reliability. We needed a high contrast projector with great colors for the 3D effect, and the ZU850's 2,000,000:1 contrast is perfect for this project."
The idea and concept come amid increasing worldwide concerns about circus animals living much of their lives under horrible conditions in captivity.
What are the reactions of the audience?
According to Wunderlich, since the launching of their concept, the circus has recorded an increase in the number of audiences.
The founder said:
"After the announcement not to use any animals at our shows, we received more than 20,000 Emails and letters from all over the world. 95% positive feedback."
"When we started with our 300° Holographic, the pictures and videos did go viral on Social Media. In more than 40 countries, it was News in the Media that Roncalli is the first circus to use holographic animals. In one year, our show has more than 600,000 visitors."
The response to Circus Roncalli's show has been fantastic. Why use animals when you can drop in some holograms?
It's official. The most famous show is the one that cares about the fate of animals.