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Horrific cruelty at Ringling! Please help, one automatic letter.

August 23, 2010
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From PETA
Immediate, please demand justice for elephants HERE

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.

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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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  1. August 23, 2010 12:31 pm

    close the circus ~

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  2. Ann(USA) permalink
    August 23, 2010 12:32 pm

    If anyone has been following this story about ringling and any other circuses it is what they do to get them into submission, babies are torn apart from moms very young age and the mothers are artificially done (raped) lets say because the males can get a bit out of hand so they have to manually pregnate the females, that is wrong man. I think they even have a breeding ground, zoo’s do the same exact thing. What else, I don’t think they feed and water and clean them as they say they do, if they did it wouldn’t smell at a circus.

    There should be no live animals used at circuses and zoo’s for human entertainment. what is wrong with acrobatic and clowns thats funny too and remember it’s really for kids not adults. and yes adults haha, i have to laugh look at what some do to other humans and animals. it is a very sick world out there.

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  3. August 23, 2010 12:44 pm

    It’s hard to believe people syill go to see animals perform at these tourture houses. This cruelty has to stop. It is only to well known what cruelty these animals have to endure as well as the way they are forced to travel. The days when this kind of cruelty could be hidden away behind a tent are a thing of the past. This cruelty has to end.

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  4. August 23, 2010 4:16 pm

    I AM SO DAMN ANGRY I CAN’T FIND THE WORDS!!!
    I CANNOT BELIEVE THIS IS STILL ALLOWED TO HAPPEN IN 2010, WHEN WILL PEOPLE WAKE UP??
    THIS IS SO DAMN CRUEL, ALL THE PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THIS TORTURE SHOULD BE IN GODDAMN JAIL, THEY HAVE NO COMPASSION THEY ARE PURE EVIL MONSTERS!!!!!
    BELIEVE ME I WANT TO SAY STRONGER WORDS BUT WILL HOLD BACK!!!!

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  5. Shannon permalink
    August 24, 2010 7:18 pm

    All these years fighting with this campaign and just doesnt get any easier to see pics. Beast of people!

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  6. Anne permalink
    August 26, 2010 3:53 am

    I HATE THEM ALL, shit humans!! They should be killed, sorry, but that’s inhuman!! I would do everything to stop all animal cruelty on earth!

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  7. Ann(usa) permalink
    August 26, 2010 2:20 pm

    In response to Anne’s comment. Humans are very evil and cruelt sometimes to means they have been treated such growing up sometimes or they are hooked on drugs, anger management needed or they take it out on animals to hurt those around them cause they need attention maybe or just theyknow how much that animal emeans to family members or to others. That is a very disturbed individual and thus should be taken off the street never to see the light of day again or they might do it to another animals, child or adult and next time it might be worse.

    Humans are the worst creatures walking on this earth today other than snakes, or liions tigers in the wild that kill new born babies to feed on even then i I think they should be removed and fixed so the breed doesn’t grown.

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