No Circus Animal is Safe: Demand Animal-Free Circuses

Target: Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack

Goal: To phase out animal brutality in circuses and instead employ animal-free entertainment.

The population of the largest of all land animals, elephants, is now confined to decreasing habitats in Africa and Asia. In the wild, they are hunted for their tusks and face the perpetual threat of habitat loss. Sadly, the plight of the elephant worsens outside of its natural environment and inside of the circus tent. Elephants are subjected to cruel training and constant confinement, being held captive and forced to perform stressful acts, with most of the creatures facing whips, sticks, and bull-hooks. These poor animals need to be freed from the stage and given the fighting chance to survive in the wild.

It is no secret that in many circuses, elephants have been reported to be beaten, poked, prodded and jabbed with sharp bull-hooks, many times until blood pours from their leathery skin. Their spirits are broken as mere calves, sometimes with lives destroyed after excruciating fractures occur within their bones and the elephant babes are deemed useless in the show. In just months, many elephants suffer a dramatic decline in health, and without adequate veterinary care, an overwhelming amount of the large mammals succumb to a preventable death. Similar to the fate of their babies, aged elephants that suffer from painful ailments, mostly arthritis, are spared no torture, as they are still forced on their hind legs adding pressure to their joints.

Not only are these animals in danger, but they also endanger the public. Often times, after elephants engage in erratic behavior- a clear indication of psychological distress- these gentle beasts become aggressive and react wildly. There have been a reported 35 cases within the past decade of elephants rebelling against trainers, attacking the audience, bolting from circuses, and wreaking havoc through towns. People have been killed during these moments of rebellion, and in the end, the bulls are often times shot and killed as well. As a result of having to perform night after exhausting night, it should come as no surprise that an animal would snap. The only answer is to provide elephants their natural environment.

Fortunately, there is a solution. Not all circuses are dangerous to animals. Many animal-free venues exist, complete with trapeze artists, jugglers, clowns, and other various forms of entertainment. With that in mind, it is imperative that elephants and other circus animals are taken out of the boxcar and left to remain in their proper home– the wild.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture,

The plight of the elephant worsens outside of their dwindling natural environment and inside of the circus tent. They are subjected to cruel training and constant confinement, being held captive and forced to perform stressful acts, with most of the creatures facing whips, sticks, and bull-hooks. These poor animals need to be freed from the stage.

Fortunately, there is a solution. Not all circuses are dangerous to animals. Many animal-free venues exist, complete with trapeze artists, jugglers, clowns, and other various forms of entertainment. With that in mind, it is imperative that elephants and other circus animals are taken out of the boxcar. I urge you to phase out the allowance of animals in circuses and condone animal-free forms of entertainment only.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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2 Comments

  1. just care and consider how everything lives – no need for forced entertainment, just entertainment by consent.
    from all at dogs mountain philippines

  2. Michelle Albertus says:

    Always and forever hated circus’ Animals “trained” to do unnatural acts that come from being tortured and made to submit…Humans do not rule this earth and certainly do not have entitlement over all living creatures..This is not amusement, it’s abuse under the “Big Tent” for all the little children to witness…and anyone who thinks different should certainly have their heads examined…

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