~~May 20, 2014~~
Tools of the Trade: Circuses
If there’s one thing we know about circuses that use animals, it’s that, well, THEY SUCK.
Elephants, tigers, and other animals used in circuses are stolen from their families, tightly chained or caged for hours or even days at a time, and beaten, electro-shocked, and whipped into submission by circus trainers.
Circuses want you to believe that these animals voluntarily stand on their heads, balance on balls, and jump through rings of fire — but c’mon, y’all.
We know better than that.
Check out a few of the most common, often bloodied tools used by the circus industry to hurt animals, and see for yourself that a life in the circus is anything but fun for animals.
~~BEATEN AND ELECTRO-SHOCKED~~
A bullhook, which resembles a fireplace poker, has a sharp steel hook and a point at one end and is used to beat, hit, prod, and jab elephants into submission, sometimes until they’re bloody.
Trainers often embed the hook in the soft tissue behind the ears, inside the ear or mouth, in and around the anus, and in tender spots under the chin and around the feet.
A former Ringling Bros. employee said that beating elephants with bullhooks was a normal routine and that “Ringling even employs a guy to use some special powder to stop up the bleeding when an elephant is hooked too hard. They call it ‘spot work’”—as in “try and ‘spot’ the abuse,” we’re guessing.
~~And that’s not all~~
~~CHAINED FOR DAYS ON END~~
In the wild, elephants walk up to 30 miles each day, but in the circus, these intelligent, social animals are locked in leg shackles that only allow them to take a single step forward or backward.
Ringling’s own documents reveal that on average, elephants are chained for 26 hours straight and are sometimes chained for as many as 100 hours straight.
Constant travel means that animals are confined to boxcars or trailers, often for days at a time, in extremely hot and cold weather, often without access to basic necessities such as food, water, and veterinary care.
While in transit, elephants, big cats, and primates are forced to eat, drink, sleep, defecate, and urinate all in the same place.
How can you help?~~
If you know of a circus headed to your town, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll hook you up with FREE leaflets, stickers, and petitions that you can use to get the word out in your town about how circuses HURT animals!
Is your class planning a field trip to the circus? OH, HELL NO!
Tell your teacher about how cruel animal-based circuses are and ask to see an animal-free circus such as Cirque du Soleil, the new Pickle Family Circus, and Cirque Éloize instead.
Most importantly, pledge never to go to a circus that uses animals!
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~~Kate del Castillo Aims to Keep Ringling Cruelty Out of Her Country~~
~Say NO to the Circus …. Kate del Castillo~
~~Published on Jan 7, 2014~~
Kate del Castillo takes us behind the scenes in her new PETA exposé, revealing what the circus industry tries desperately to hide.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will drag its abused animals anywhere the circus can make a buck by forcing them to perform. But Kate del Castillo is doing everything she can to show the circus that cruelty isn’t welcome in her backyard.
The Mexico native is aiming to shut Ringling out of venues in Mexico City and Monterrey. She’s written an urgent letter to Guillermo Salinas Pliego, owner of Arena Ciudad de México and Arena Monterrey, detailing the circus’s routine abuse of animals and imploring him to stop hosting the circus. With Ringling scheduled to be there in just a few days, Kate wants to make this year Ringling’s last.
In her letter to Salinas Pliego, Kate urged, “Most performers would love to sell out an arena, but elephants in the circus would surely trade in a packed audience for a life of freedom with their families. I hope to hear that you’ll do the right thing and decide never to host Ringling Bros. again.”
Kate knows all about Ringling’s cruelty — from letting animals suffer rather than getting them needed veterinary care to routinely beating animals in order to force them to perform unnatural and even painful tricks.
We ALL are ONE!!