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
- 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!!!