Protect Animals From Circus Cruelty

Circuses have been around since ancient times. People will come to these shows from all over to enjoy the various forms of entertainment they provide, including trapeze acts, acrobats, jugglers, and tightrope walkers. Another aspect of the circus people come to see and perhaps anticipate the most is the animal acts. These animals are often exotic and are normally found in the wild, such as tigers, lions, and elephants, which are trained to do a variety of acts and stunts that one would not typically expect of that animal.

However, there is a darker side to the circus as well. Though the animals may appear to be treated perfectly fine during the show, behind closed doors is usually a different story. One story, as told by Animal Defenders International (ADI), involves the Bobby Roberts Super Circus in the UK.

The animal protection organization secured a video camera for over three and a half weeks in a barn where the animals from the circus are kept when not touring to find out what was going on behind the scenes. The footage showed an elderly, severely arthritic 57 year old elephant named Annie chained for extensive periods of time, being hit by workers with a metal pitchfork, and being kicked and punched a total of 48 times over the period the footage was taken. This abuse took place while poor Annie was chained to the ground by one front leg and one back leg. What is even worse is that Bobby Roberts, the circus proprietor, stated publicly that Annie was taken good care of, as she “is part of the family”.

The video footage also showed workers beating miniature ponies and horses, as well as beating and spitting on a camel.

These acts are completely disgusting and outrageous. However, they do not simply take place in the UK, but all over the world as well. These animals deserve to be roaming freely, not abused and chained up in an enclosed area.

Circuses need to know that this abuse will not be tolerated. Show them this by telling them that you will refuse to come to their shows if they have animals.

Please sign this petition to support a ban on having animals in circuses.

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5 Comments

  1. Riesa Larson says:

    Its terrible how these poor animals are treated. Its certainly no life for them. This abuse should not be tolerated, and it is cruelty in every sense of the word/. Please get these animals out of the cruel circus and let them live their lives in their own habitat..

  2. These animals do NOT belong in a circus and be forced to endure abuse on top of that. I hope all circus’s will be out of existance in the near future. Leave these poor animals alone and let them live in a natural habitat the way nature intended. For God’s sake, be human!!

  3. Jane Davidson says:

    Animal entertainment is antiquated and outdated in our modern times and society, furthermore it’s disgusting and full of atrocity. Let’s change to eco-tourism or just leave them alone in the wild.

  4. From beasts we scorn as soulless,
    In forest, field and den,
    The cry goes up to witness
    The soullessness of men.
    ~M. Frida Hartley

  5. CIRCUSES ARE OF THE PAST. THERE IS NO INTEREST FOR THEM ANYMORE. THOSE CIRCUS PEOPLE MUST GET ANOTHER LIFE INSTEAD OF ABUSING ANIMALS TO MAKE THEIR BREAD. BAN ANIMALS FROM CIRCUSUS.

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