Thursday, June 25, 2015

Elephants beaten at the circus


Posted By: PETA: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (campaign leader)

This summer, dozens of elephants will be shackled in tiny boxcars and trailers as circuses crisscross the U.S. during the hottest months of the year. 

Many will spend hours—even days—in chains as they're transported from one city to the next, perhaps even your own. When they feel the painful blows of a bullhook to the sensitive, paper-thin skin around their eyes and mouth, it can signal that they've reached the next destination—and they'll once again be forced to perform tricks, fearing what will happen to them if they don't. 

These animals need our help, and they need it now.

Will you stand up for elephants and all other animals suffering in circuses and other cruel entertainment by making a gift today? 

Circus promotions fail to mention that elephants and other animals don't voluntarily balance on balls, ride bicycles, or stand on their heads. They're forced into performing these ridiculous tricks, which they learn during violent training sessions during which they're beaten with bullhooks and shocked with electric prods. 

When you stand with PETA, you'll be helping us achieve victories that truly make life better for elephants and all other animals abused by circuses. As we've seen in recent months, the drive to end the suffering of animals in circuses is gaining momentum, with significant progress such as the following: 

  • Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and the George Carden Circus International have announced that they're ending elephant performances, further proof that the public rejects the practice of separating baby elephants from their mothers and chaining and beating these sensitive, intelligent animals in order to force them to perform silly tricks. 
  • Richmond, Virginia, and a growing list of other municipalities around the U.S. have banned bullhooks. These violent weapons don't belong in any city or state, and now we're working in other jurisdictions to get similar bans enacted to spare elephants pain. 
  • New charges are being filed, including recent ones by the U.S. Department of Agriculture against the notorious animal abuser Carson & Barnes Circus in response to an incident in which elephants allegedly ran amok for 45 minutes.

Yet despite these and other vital developments, animals in circuses continue to suffer.Your tax-deductible gift to PETA now can change the lives of elephants and other animals who face cruelty and neglect. 

Your support saves lives—please make your generous gift right now and help bring relief to animals in desperate need. 

Thank you so much for your compassion. 


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