Let's Not Forget
Down and Feathers
Ice Bears Forced to Perform Tricks
Circuses severely exploit and abuse animals and are actually able to
fool people into thinking that performing animals are an acceptable form
of entertainment. In fact, it is pure torture for the animals. The acts
that they are forced to perform are unnatural and demeaning.
Circus animals spend most of their lives being transported in cages on
top of trucks. Some circuses travel thousands of miles each year. Sometimes
the animals are allowed to spend some time in an exercise cage. The only
other times they get to be outside of their cages is to rehearse or
Tiger Transported Inside a Cage
A Tethered Solitary Circus Elephant
Life in Chains or Cages
Elephants who in nature love to roam around spend most of the day
being chained by a front and a hind leg, barely able to move. Like zoo
elephants, circus elephants show a lot of abnormal behaviors like rocking,
swaying and nodding. The same is true or course for the other circus
animals. Horses, who are very social animals, are separated and kept in
tiny pens when they are not performing or rehearsing. Even dogs are
usually kept in cages or tied up.
As a result of not having a lot of money, circus operations will
frequently not give their animals enough water or food, clean their cages
properly or give them adequate medical care.
Circus Bear Kept in a Small Cage
Baby elephant trained by Ringling Bros circus workers.
Animal trainers will often use very brutal training methods to
establish and maintain the control necessary to make the circus animals
perform their tricks. Ex-trainers and other circus employees have spoken
up about the use of electric shock devices, sticks with concealed screws
or spikes and the severe beatings circus animals have to endure.
"After 25 years of observing and
documenting circuses, I know there are no kind animal trainers."
-- Pat Derby
Former animal trainer.
Please don't ever visit a circus that uses animals. Visit animal-free
circuses like the Cirque du Soleil or the Pickle Family Circus instead.
If you would like more information, please check out the
Cirque du Soleil
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Tethered elephant by
Cirque du Soleil: photo by Harry Wad.
Baby elephant trained by PETA.
Other pictures by
The Animals Voice.