10 Reasons Why You Should Never Go to The Circus.

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.

3.) Elephants are beaten with bullhooks from the time they enter the circus. Bullhooks are used to force the animal to do tricks.

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.

The circus is advertised as a family event, but there is nothing wholesome about it.

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.

How you can help:

Write to the Secretary of Agriculture

Sign a Pledge

Start a Campaign

Contact your local and national legislators

Animal Free Circuses:

Cirque du Soleil

Cirque Eloize

The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus

Earth Circus

Fern Street Circus

New Shanghai Circus

Neil Goldberg’s Cirque

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13 thoughts on “10 Reasons Why You Should Never Go to The Circus.

  1. Wow. I am so speechless. I had no idea how they treat their animal. Poor babies. Big or small no animal should ever be treated like that!

  2. This is horrible! I just went to the circus last night in Birmingham Alabama for my birthday! If I knew this is how they treated these precious animals I would have never went!!!!!!

  3. Hi, I was wondering if you could provide the sources for you information? I have been saying for years that animal circuses are cruel places that shouldn’t be legal. Now I am trying to convince some other people and they would like more evidence.
    Thank you so much!

  4. This is a great information. I have know idea how those animals are being treated. I will never go to a Circus ever again.

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