Sonia Horon, Global Animal

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey circus is almost in town, and with them they bring animal abuse and cruelty. The circus has years of animal misconduct on its hands, from physical harm to improper feeding. The list goes on. Animals that belong in the wild are enslaved and forced to perform unnatural tricks for entertainment. 

Ringling Brothers use these harsh methods to train their baby elephants. Photo credit: PETA
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Elephants at Ringling suffer a great deal from a lack of veterinary care and constant beatings by trainers with bullhooks, to cramped, dirty boxcars where they spend their life traveling and performing like puppets. PETA reports, “At least 29 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.” Baby elephants are harshly trained from a very young age. They never know their natural environment and never experience the joys of roaming in family packs and playing in water and mud. Instead they are separated from their moms and forced into a life of ropes, hooks, electric shock and torture. 

Last year, the “Greatest Show On Earth” was fined a $270,000 fine for violating the Animal Welfare Act. See the circus schedule, and help put an end to Ringling Bros. and their cruelty by peacefully protesting at a circus near you.