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Don't Circuses Love

Their Animals?

Sure, they love the money they make off of forcing them to give rides and do stupid tricks.

Growing up, many of us were excited to go to the circus. Any why wouldn't we be? Images of circus life tend to surround us when we are children. Clowns, big tops, and circus acts are common themes for our birthday parties, at our amusement parks, or in our movies. So when the circus finally comes to town, and we learn our parents are taking us, we are excited to experience it in person and to take in the sights and sounds. 


However, the truth is: the circus has lied to us from the time we were kids. Whipping tigers and making elephants stand on their heads is not normal or acceptable. Those actions are examples of blatant animal abuse and the only reason it takes place is to line the pocketbooks of the companies who hold animals hostage, depriving them of their homes, their families, and their freedom.

Circus Training is Animal Abuse

In the hands of their “trainers”, animals confined to the circus endure repeated and prolonged suffering from the time they are babies. This suffering was revealed to the world in 2009, when whistleblower Sam Haddock shared photos of baby elephant training with the world. The babies are separated from their mothers, tied with ropes by all of their limbs and their tiny trunks, and forced into performing unnatural postures using sharp metal weapons called "bullhooks". Click here to see these heartbreaking images.


This treatment continues throughout their lives. At any circus performance featuring elephants, you will see a trainer or several trainers with bullhooks in hand. The elephants know that these are weapons that will hurt them if they do not do as they are requested.


Tigers are also subjected to injurious forms of training. Whips, tight collars, and electric prods are used to force the animals into doing unnatural postures like standing on their hind legs or performing synchronized movements.


Unlike the training of our dogs or cats, the training of wild animals always involves abuse. They do not respond to "positive reinforcement" techniques. Do not believe circus lies. Circus training IS animal abuse. 

The Circus is Animal Jail

Training is not the only form of abuse the animals in the circus endure. 


In the wild, elephants and tigers will walk and run miles each day. Yet in the circus the animals are confined to small cages, or chained, and are unable to move around like they would in nature. The animals are also transported in trucks and are kept there for numerous hours or even days at a time. This occurs for many animals up to 90% of their lives.


When you visit an elephant in a circus or zoo, look for them slowly swaying their heads back and forth or rocking from side to side. These actions are called "stereotypic" behaviors, and they indicate psychological distress. The intensive confinement of elephants coupled with a lack of ability to socialize with their families, or even others of their kind, causes them to experience emotional trauma.


What would your experience of life be like if you were torn from your family and confined in a jail cell? Elephants, tigers, and other animals used by the circus are sentient beings, just like you. They have thoughts, feelings, and a desire to be free. The circus is animal abuse.



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