Some us have been to the circus before, but little of us know the dark side under the big top tent. Most patrons would never attend the circus again if they knew of the abuse they were paying for. Here are 10 reasons you should avoid circuses that use animals.
1.) Most of the animals used in circuses were captured from the wild and taken from their natural habitats. Some babies are born on breeding farms and stolen from their mothers.
2.) Baby elephants are tethered with ropes, they fight to break free, and then give up in exhaustion. They are kept in isolation until they start to fear their trainer’s.
4.) Most elephants live their entire lives in the circus and then die in the circus. Ringling has four elephants who have spent 43 miserable years in their possession.
5.) Elephants and Big Cats are chained inside unsanitary and poorly ventilated boxcars for up to 26 hours straight. When the circus is traveling they can be forced to stay in the boxcars for up to 60- 70 hours straight.
6.) Tigers are beaten and struck with sticks so they will perform hard and confusing tricks.
7.) “At least 26 elephants, including four babies, have died since 1992, including an 8-month-old baby elephant named Riccardo who was destroyed after he fractured his hind legs when he fell from a circus pedestal. Elephants are not the only animals with Ringling to suffer tragic deaths. In 2004, a 2-year-old lion died of apparent heat stroke while the circus train crossed the Mojave Desert.” Source
8.) Most circuses like Barnum & Bailey and Ringling Bros. fail to meet the minimal federal standards for the care of animals used in exhibition as established in the Animal Welfare Act (AWA).
9.) When you buy a ticket to the circus you are paying for captive animals to continue living a life of abuse.
10.) Attending the circus will only reinforce to others that it is ok to capture wild animals and force them into a life of human entertainment.
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