The Cruelest Show on Earth.

Last week I happened to catch a glimpse of one of the TVs at the gym and I saw a Ringling Bros. circus commercial. I never thought much about circuses, but when I saw the elephants, my heart broke. So over the past week I’ve been doing some research regarding the way elephants are treated in circuses.

My opinion is, they are inhumanely treated. I’ve read up about that their trainers to do prepare them for the “show” as well as what they use to train them with. With everything I have read, I came to the conclusion that circuses involving any animals should not exist.

It’s absolutely sickening to see pictures, watch videos, and read articles regarding the way these poor yet intelligent and majestic creatures are treated.

First off, let me just begin by stating that elephants can live up to 80 years old. That’s just as long as a human life span! However, when they’re captured, chained, and shackled, their life expectancy decreases tremendously. Why? Elephants, like humans, can become depressed when isolated, beaten, and whipped. They’re smart, social, and empathetic creatures who possess similar emotions as humans.

Ringling elephants spend most of their long lives either in chains or on trains, under constant threat of the bullhook, or ankus—the menacing tool used to control elephants. They are lame from balancing their 8,000-pound frames on tiny tubs and from being confined in cramped spaces, sometimes for days at a time (http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2011/10/ringling-bros-elephant-abuse).

Does that seem like a fair way to live just so they can entertain a clueless audience on a daily basis? NO. Not at all.

Inspectors have found baby elephants injured and bound at Ringling’s Center for Elephant Conservation in Florida. Whistleblowers have stepped forward with harrowing accounts of beatings. Activists have released even more videos of elephant abuse, and local humane authorities have documented wounds and lameness. And none of that has moved regulators to action.

So why? Why is nothing being done? It’s absolutely ridiculous, heartless, cruel, and unfair that elephants are treated this way.

Here are some other eye-opening facts:

  • Captive elephants suffer from chronic health problems such as tuberculosis, arthritis and foot abscesses, which nearly always lead to premature death
    (Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/free-elephants-article-1.1615029#ixzz2tj8EUe1K)
  • Circus elephants can be shackled 12 to 23 hours per day, in areas from 7 to 12 square meters. Often their chains only allow 1 to 2 meters of movement. In the wild, elephants walk up to 50 miles a day
If Ringling only uses positive reinforcement training, why have they refused to support legislation to ban the use of sharp hooks, whips and electric shock on animals?!
  • The animal rights community asked Ringling if they could monitor the training of a baby elephant but they refused. If they have nothing to hide, why wouldn’t they agree so they can clear their name?
  • The use of elephants in circuses is banned in several countries, including Bolivia, India, Sweden, Greece, Bosnia, Austria, Croatia, England, Finland, Switzerland and Denmark. Lets try getting the US to ban elephants in circuses!!!
Elephants have been known to roam up to 50 miles per day in the wild. The circus takes this natural instinct away from them. It is believed the bond between elephant mother and baby may the closest bond of any creatures on earth. This emotional bond is taken from circus elephants. Sadly, we live in a society where compassion takes a backseat to profits.
Sooner or later, elephants will be endangered, and we all have the wonderful trainers who “love and take care of them” to thank for (and poachers too, but that’s a whole other issue).
Animals should NOT ever be a source of entertainment. They should not be forced to stand on their hind legs, perform tricks and balancing acts, etc. They need to live out their lives in the wild. Each and every elephant should be able to live out their 80 years on this earth unharmed and unbothered by the human race.
So here’s a note to all humans who partake in this madness: forget about the money for once and try putting yourselves in the place of these animals you treat. Would you enjoy being separated from your mother at an early age? Would you appreciate being chained, whipped, and struck with sharp tools? Would you like being captive on the road for days on end with out food, water, or a clean environment? And lastly, would you like to be forced to perform more than once a day for your whole life (short life, at that), even when you’re tired, feeling sick, or just not in the mood?
If you answered no to at least one of those questions than you better reconsider your purpose in life and think about changing “professions.”
*For more information on this subject visit: this site*
*If you would like to donate to better the life of elephants go to saveelephant.org.*
*To take action and support the circus animal welfare, visit the mspca’s website here mspca.org.*
*To support the Performing Animal Welfare Society and help out all of the animals used in shows, visit pawsweb.org.
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9 comments

  1. Thats really bad! I actually did something similar it was about parrots! Parrots are being captured it is causing the number of parrots of to decrease incredibly! Their was an African parrot that is now known as the most intelligent animal in the world his name was Alex (african Grey Parrot) He was so Intelligent he would read numbers on bank cards and have amazing conversations with his trainer. One night his owner/trainer said to him ” I love you” Alex Replied “I love you too” Dr.Ire(His owner) asked ” Will you be here tommorow” ” He said yes I will” The Next morning he was dead. This is just an example of how intelligent these birds can be! Know they’re being taken away forced to do things. If you want you can research on this as well be sure to check my blog as it will “Monday Informations Blog”

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