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No Circus Animal is Safe: Demand Animal-Free Circuses

January 15, 2012
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Target: Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack

Goal: To phase out animal brutality in circuses and instead employ animal-free entertainment.

The population of the largest of all land animals, elephants, is now confined to decreasing habitats in Africa and Asia. In the wild, they are hunted for their tusks and face the perpetual threat of habitat loss. Sadly, the plight of the elephant worsens outside of its natural environment and inside of the circus tent. Elephants are subjected to cruel training and constant confinement, being held captive and forced to perform stressful acts, with most of the creatures facing whips, sticks, and bull-hooks. These poor animals need to be freed from the stage and given the fighting chance to survive in the wild.

It is no secret that in many circuses, elephants have been reported to be beaten, poked, prodded and jabbed with sharp bull-hooks, many times until blood pours from their leathery skin. Their spirits are broken as mere calves, sometimes with lives destroyed after excruciating fractures occur within their bones and the elephant babes are deemed useless in the show. In just months, many elephants suffer a dramatic decline in health, and without adequate veterinary care, an overwhelming amount of the large mammals succumb to a preventable death. Similar to the fate of their babies, aged elephants that suffer from painful ailments, mostly arthritis, are spared no torture, as they are still forced on their hind legs adding pressure to their joints.



Not only are these animals in danger, but they also endanger the public. Often times, after elephants engage in erratic behavior- a clear indication of psychological distress- these gentle beasts become aggressive and react wildly. There have been a reported 35 cases within the past decade of elephants rebelling against trainers, attacking the audience, bolting from circuses, and wreaking havoc through towns. People have been killed during these moments of rebellion, and in the end, the bulls are often times shot and killed as well. As a result of having to perform night after exhausting night, it should come as no surprise that an animal would snap. The only answer is to provide elephants their natural environment.

Fortunately, there is a solution. Not all circuses are dangerous to animals. Many animal-free venues exist, complete with trapeze artists, jugglers, clowns, and other various forms of entertainment. With that in mind, it is imperative that elephants and other circus animals are taken out of the boxcar and left to remain in their proper home– the wild.



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how would you like to be
tormented
and on display
wishing those who
are bothering you
would go away
dreaming of freedom
a safe world outside
as you cower in
the corner
of your cage
and sadly, hide

Karen Lyons Kalmenson



4 Comments leave one →
  1. karen lyons kalmenson permalink
    January 16, 2012 3:51 am

    how would you like to be
    tormented
    and on display
    wishing those who
    are bothering you
    would go away
    dreaming of freedom
    a safe world outside
    as you cower in
    the corner
    of your cage
    and sadly, hide

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  2. LINDA BADHAM permalink
    January 16, 2012 12:36 pm

    COMMON SENSE AS WELL AS CRUELTY SHOULD REIGN HERE. HOW ANYONE CAN GET THE BIGGEST ANIMAL IN THE WORLD TO STAND ON A LITTLE STOOL WITHOUT BEING CRUEL ?? DO PEOPLE ACTUALLY BELIEVE THAT ELEPHANTS WANT TO DO THIS AND THAT IT COMES NATURALLY ?? HAS TO BE BANNED WORLD WIDE AND ALL THE WILD ANIMALS SHOULD LIVE OUT THE REST OF THEIR LIVES AS THEY ALL SHOULD HAVE DONE IN THE BEGINING ! ANIMALS IN CIRCUS’S HAS TO BE IN THE HISTORY BOOKS.

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  3. Circuses are overrated permalink
    December 14, 2012 3:43 pm

    It’s wrong to have wild animals in circuses, but AOK if humans are paid to perform idiotic unnatural inhumane stunts against their will? Forget animal-free circuses, how about HUMAN-free circuses!

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    • December 17, 2012 12:10 pm

      I don’t agree with either, and when you decide to actually make an alert, I’ll publish it here.

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