A lot has changed in 200 years. We have been through two world wars, slavery was abolished, women are allowed to vote, the animal welfare act was enacted, and now there is a recognition of gay rights. Yet the circus and circus practice remains unchanged. The commonality in the above photos-dominating people with bullhooks in hand. Bullhooks are tools used to punish and control elephants.
FACT: Elephants are extremely intelligent and social creatures. In the wild, they live in families, roaming up to 25 miles per day. They do not stand on their heads, carry people around, walk in endless circles or ride in boxcars. In order to get them to do these things, they are forced by being beaten, chained whipped and tortured into submission.
*FACT: Animals in the circus spend 11 months a year traveling.
*FACT: They are caged or chained, forced to stand in their own waste and are often subjected to extreme temperatures.
*FACT: Every major circus that uses animals has been cited for violating the minimal standards of care set forth in the United States Animal Welfare Act (AWA).
The following video was made based on information from the RIngling Bros Circus trainers. Please watch: Training/Breaking a baby elephant for the circus
How You Can Help
The circus only exists because people pay money to go. Don’t go, and educate and encourage others not to. It’s really THAT easy!
Start petitions, sign petitions. When the circus comes to your area, write to the venue that will be hosting them and ask them not to.
Please sign and share the following: Stop Ringling Bros from coming to Grand Rapids Michigan!