Taking your kids to the circus? It might be ‘The Cruelest Show on Earth’
The level of abuse inflicted on these beautiful, innocent creatures and the cruel disregard for their well being makes me ill. It’s appalling. Disgusting. They should be shut down. How do we allow this as a “civilized” society?
Apparently these people even went so far as to hire a former CIA covert ops head as part of a multimillion-dollar spying operation on animal rights groups. That means there’s some serious money involved.
The report is long, but well worth reading if you care about animal welfare. Kudos to the journalists at Mother Jones for their work on this.
The Cruelest Show on Earth
Bullhooks. Whippings. Electric Shocks. Three-day train rides without breaks. Our yearlong investigation rips the big top off how Ringling Bros. treats its elephants.
External ImageA bullhook of the type used on a three-year-old baby elephant named BenjaminFeld Entertainment portrays its population of some 50 endangered Asian elephants as “pampered performers” who “are trained through positive reinforcement, a system of repetition and reward that encourages an animal to show off its innate athletic abilities.” But a yearlong Mother Jones investigation shows that 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. They are afflicted with tuberculosis and herpes, potentially deadly diseases rare in the wild and linked to captivity. Barack, a calf born on the eve of the president’s inauguration, had to leave the tour in February for emergency treatment of herpes—the second time in a year. Since Kenny’s death, 3 more of the 23 baby elephants born in Ringling’s vaunted breeding program have died, all under disturbing circumstances that weren’t fully revealed to the public.