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A hundred years ago, an elephant named Mary was strung up by a crane and publicly hanged to death

February 13, 2017
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A hundred years ago, an elephant named Mary was strung up by a crane and publicly hanged to death in a Tennessee town after she struck back at a circus employee who hit her with a sharp tool called a bullhook.

It took two attempts to kill Mary. The first chain placed around her neck snapped, sending her crashing to the ground and breaking her hip. The second attempt was successful. Her broken body was buried nearby. No monument exists to commemorate Mary, just this shocking image, which serves as a haunting reminder of the circus industry’s long history of killing and abuse. Mary was killed in 1916. Today, 100 years later, elephants still suffer in traveling circus shows.

Beating animals and driving them mad for tawdry human entertainment have no place in civilized society. While kind people hope such shameful acts of exploitation—like hanging Mary from a crane by her neck—have been relegated to the distant past, the uglier side of humanity still seeks to profit from animal abuse. One of those profiteers is UniverSoul Circus.

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Sample message, courtesy of PETA:

Given that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has finally ended its elephant acts, bullhook and exotic-animal bans are cropping up around the country, and other circuses, such as the Melha Shrine Circus in Massachusetts, are committing to going completely animal-free, I am writing to urge you to follow suit and make the compassionate decision to eliminate all animal acts from UniverSoul Circus performances. This is the perfect opportunity for UniverSoul to salvage its reputation by nixing cruel animal acts and highlighting the phenomenal human talent that your show has to offer. Please make the right decision and remove all animal acts from your performances. Thank you for your time.








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the past has passed
but our sins live on
for those suffering
in this world we
tread upon.
if we only look back
with a casual glance,
we will relive
evil circumstance.
so what we do
is not to dwell.
but to put create
a little heaven
on this swirling
hell.
and so to honor
those tormented,
mistreated
neglected,
we will work until
ALL life
is respected!!!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

 

11 Comments leave one →
  1. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    February 13, 2017 6:33 am

    the past has passed
    but our sins live on
    for those suffering
    in this world we
    tread upon.
    if we only look back
    with a casual glance,
    we will relive
    evil circumstance.
    so what we do
    is not to dwell.
    but to put create
    a little heaven
    on this swirling
    hell.
    and so to honor
    those tormented,
    mistreated
    neglected,
    we will work until
    ALL life
    is respected!!!

    Liked by 2 people

    • February 13, 2017 7:00 am

      Thank you, my dear, this is really compelling and so, so true. I love these words.

      Liked by 1 person

      • karenlyonskalmenson permalink
        February 13, 2017 7:06 am

        thank you stacey. we live in technosavvy times but still the outdated and inhumane mindset inhabits this earth with us.

        it seems as if technology has aided and abetted the spread of all forms of cruelty and terror. we fight battles on all fronts, tangible and otherwise.

        Liked by 1 person

  2. February 13, 2017 7:32 am

    I’m only liking this so that it shows up on my blog.
    Heart-breaking. 😦

    Liked by 1 person

    • February 13, 2017 7:49 am

      I agree, this absolutely sickens, horrifies, and saddens me, trying to imagine her pain and terror. 😦 I will never understand the depths of cruelty humans can inflict on others.

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      • February 13, 2017 8:26 am

        The cruelty is shocking. I can’t bear to think about what it does to the victims, and to the perpetrators. Inhuman.

        Liked by 1 person

  3. February 13, 2017 8:19 am

    Comment sent x

    Liked by 1 person

  4. February 13, 2017 9:58 am

    Yes, I think there should be as well a “disagree button”… such happenings make me terribly sad… and even more, thinking that nothing is changed. We don’t strangle an elefant attached to a crane, but poachers cut off their trunks to get the ivory tusks… I don’t write about all the atrocities that we give to the sentient beings we call “animals”. :-)claudine

    Liked by 1 person

  5. June 7, 2017 8:32 pm

    This behavior breaks my heart! Animals such as elephants help our world so much, yet people continue to exploit them and then get angry when they fight back.

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 8, 2017 8:06 am

      I agree. It makes me sick to think of the terror and pain she suffered for defending herself. People are wretched.

      Liked by 1 person

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