Shut Down Cruel Elephant Martial Arts Show


Target: Huang Xingguo, Mayor of Tianjin

Goal: Immediately shut down zoo’s elephant martial arts show, which forces elephants into unnatural positions

Animal rights activists have been up in arms over a new martial arts elephant show at the Tianjin Zoo in China. The show features elephants performing various stunts such as handstands, sitting, and kneeling, which not only risks their safety, but the safety of audience members as well because the elephants could go into a rampage when forced to do stressful shows in unrelenting heat.

The stunts in the show cause serious physical and mental harm to these elephants because doing handstands, sitting, and kneeling are all unnatural positions for these animals. During a handstand, the elephants are expected to stand only on their two front legs. This stunt is especially dangerous because it forces the elephants to lift their hind legs and hold all of their massive weight on their two forelegs. When placed under the stress of performing these tricks and stunts, the elephants could suddenly go into a rampage, putting the audience members at risk of being trampled by the performing elephants.

Animal rights activists have accused the Tianjin Zoo of violating a government ban on animal shows. Despite the protests and boycotts the zoo has experienced, the townscape planning authority of Tianjin that oversees these elephant shows claims that the show demonstrates behavioral training that aims to promote knowledge among the public. Behavioral training or not, these shows still place the elephants in danger of physical and mental harm. Sign this petition and ask that these cruel shows be shut down immediately.


Dear Mayor Huang Xingguo,

It has come to my attention that the Tianjin Zoo has begun its elephant martial arts show. The stunts the elephants are made to perform in these shows force their bodies into unnatural positions. My main concern is that this show places the physical and mental welfare of these animals at risk.

During these shows, not only is the safety of the performing elephants at risk, the audience members are at risk of harm as well. The elephants may go into a rampage due to the stress they endure as they do their stunts in unrelenting heat. If an elephant goes on a rampage, the audience is at great risk of being trampled.

Despite accusations claiming the zoo violated a government ban on animal shows, the townscape planning authority of Tianjin, which oversees these elephant shows, claims the shows only demonstrate behavioral training and are meant to promote knowledge among the public. Whatever the reason, these shows are putting the physical and mental welfare of these elephants at risk and should be shut down immediately.


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  1. Janet McDonagh says:

    Please bring this horrendous show to an end

  2. nanita samuels says:

    The Chinese are an old culture that seem to live in another barbaric state of mind. They are violent people who lake compassion for living things…animals especially, and their own human kind as well,

  3. Danette Shue says:

    This ctuelty MUST CEASE AND DESIST. is a crime against animals with no good outcome except for cheap human entertainment…..the world is watching and grows with anger at these atrocities….find non animal ways to entertain your audience…

  4. Signed. But PLEASE EDIT THE TITLE! Has no one noticed it says MARITAL arts?? 🙂

  5. Cindy Reniers says:

    Please help them

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