Often where profits depend on animals - the animal's welfare is compromised. RSPCA is opposed to the use of animals for sport, entertainment, recreation, or work, where injury, suffering or distress is likely to be caused; and the use of animals in experiments involving unnecessary repetition, scientifically trivial ends, or techniques to which alternatives have been developed. Animals are sentient beings and deserve to be treated with respect and not objectified or subjected to indignity, ridicule or invasive procedures.

There are many instances where animals form part of a performance, such as in circuses, bird of prey shows, horse shows, rodeos and magic shows. In order to perform, these animals may have to undergo regular transport, confinement and specialised training, as well as potential disturbance from the audience watching the performance. The impact of these experiences on the welfare of the animal involved will depend on the species, temperament, and the way in which this training and handling is managed.