Horrific cruelty at Ringling! Please help, one automatic letter.
PETA has acquired shocking photos from a former Ringling trainer that show frightened baby elephants at Ringling’s breeding center undergoing barbaric training methods used to make them perform in the circus.
They are cruelly bound with ropes and wrestled by several adult men to learn circus “tricks.” The baby elephants scream, cry, and struggle as they are stretched out, slammed to the ground, gouged with bullhooks, and shocked with electric prods.
Contrary to all the assurances given by Ringling about “positive” reinforcement training, the photos tell a starkly different story. For years, baby elephants at Ringling’s breeding center have been subjected to violent training sessions that last for three to four hours a day until they learn out of fear of punishment to perform confusing “tricks.”
At Ringling, still-nursing 18- to 24-month-old baby elephants are captured rodeo-style, roped around all four legs, tethered neck-to-neck to an “anchor” elephant, and dragged from their mothers. From this point forward in their lives, every movement, every instinct, and every natural form of behavior is subjected to suppression and discipline at the whim of the trainer. Ringling restrains baby elephants with ropes or chains on a concrete floor in a barn for up to 23 hours a day to break their spirits. The babies are never allowed to play outdoors or enjoy anything that is natural or important to them. Experts condemn these practices and have said, “[E]lephants should not be used in circuses.”
Gary Jacobson, general manager for Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation, falsely testified in March 2009 in Federal District Court in the District of Columbia, “We use hot shots primarily for self-defense and protection,” yet Mr. Jacobson is seen in the photographs provided by a Ringling whistleblower using a hot shot (an electrical shock device) on a defenseless baby elephant for training purposes.
PETA is calling on parents to stop taking their kids to the circus and on Ringling’s sponsors not to support elephant abuse, but there is more that we can do. Write to USDA officials and urge them to revoke Ringling’s license and pursue criminal prosecution of Ringling’s trainers today!
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