E is for Elephants

E The Ringling Brothers Circus will be coming to town again in a few months. This year I’m going to join in with the group that will be protesting the circus. Aren’t people aware of all the abuse that the animals must endure as they are being “trained” to perform? Hasn’t this been in the news over and over again? I just find it hard to believe that so many people still frequent the circus!

Actor Alec Baldwin is a crusader for the elephants. He did a PETA public service announcement to educate people on what happens with the elephants in the Ringling Brothers and other circuses. As you can see in the video, he tells how they go through years of abuse, starting when they are babies:  They go through years of torture and abuse, starting with babies being ripped away from their mothers and “forced to begin training for circus performances…they are stretched out, slammed to the ground, gouged with bull hooks and shocked with electric prods. They scream, cry and struggle while they are forced into the painful positions necessary for circus tricks.” When elephants are not performing, they are chained in cramped box cars or arena basements.

PETA circus elephant infographicPETA bandaged circus elephant infographic

Says Veterinarian Dr. Mel Richardson, who has over 40 years of experience with elephants, “To break an elephant means to break their spirit.” He goes on to say, ““The amount of suffering these elephants go through in order to entertain anyone’s 5 year old for 15 minutes is a crime.”

“Circuses deny animals everything that is natural and important to them. Every basic instinct is met with punishment,” says Alec Baldwin. “As long as circuses continue to use elephants, these intelligent beings will continue to experience enormous suffering.”

In addition to being highly intelligent, elephants are very sensitive animals. They form deep family bonds and live in tight matriarchal family groups. The oldest and largest female is often the lead matriarch. Female elephants spend their entire lives with their mothers. Males typically spend twelve to fifteen years with the herd before leaving the family unit.

The deep bonds they form also mean that they mourn loss. They mourn the deaths of other herd members and it is especially heartbreaking when babies are torn from their mothers to be recruited into a life of circus abuse. There have even been eyewitness accounts of elephants shedding tears.

Please help support the rights of elephants: DON’T EVER ATTEND CIRCUSES THAT USE ANIMALS! Let’s honor these magnificent creatures and let them live the lives God intended them to live: free and happy.

For more information on circus elephants, check out the Ringling Beats Animals website.

Back in 2011, Feld Entertainment, the parent company of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, must now pay the largest settlement hereof its kind in U.S. history―$270,000―for violations of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) dating back to 2007.
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10 thoughts on “E is for Elephants

  1. I had no idea that circuses abused animals. I’ve always gone for the enjoyment of the show without thinking twice about it. Thanks for opening my eyes.

    Also, you can rant on my site all you want because we are definitely on the same page. I , too, am angry about the Supreme Courts election ruling.



    • Thanks so much for reading about the elephants! And re: the Supreme Court ruling: how does that get overturned?? I donated a little $$ to the campaign to not let that happen. Really sad. Money goes where money is…


  2. This is a serious issue, for sure and I applaud you for putting it in the spotlight! John Kay of Steppenwolf is also an advocate for those poor elephants and has a foundation that helps all kinds of causes, called the “Maue Kay Foundation”.


    • Awesome! I didn’t realize that about John Kay! Good for him! No wonder you’re such a fan. I love when celebs work to educate the public about the atrocities against animals.


  3. Kudos to you for joining in the protests. I was so sickened when I first learned about this issue, it’s heartbreaking. Have you heard of the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee? I love viewing the elephants on their site!

    It’s great to meet you, I adore animals of all kinds and love your site. Your greyhound pics are so precious!

    So glad you came by the Untethered Realms blog today. I am one of the authors there and again I’m so glad to meet you. Looking forward to following your blog!


    • Hey Julie. Thanks for visiting and for your comment. And no, I don’t know about the elephant sanctuary in TN but I sure am going to look it up! I just read your bio and see you live in Cincinnati. I went to school in Youngstown at YSU…many moons ago! I’m really interested to check out Polar Night! I love paranormal stuff and especially suspenseful thrillers. Can’t wait to read it. Hope to see you around here again. And how does one become a contributor on Untethered Realms?? Have a great rest of the weekend!


  4. Greetings, my human friend,

    This vitally important pawsting touched my doggy heart. The magnificent, gentle elephant and all animals should not be some sort of disgusting display to entertain humans. My human and I would never go to a circus that had animal acts. Inhumane cruelty, physically and emotionally to beloved creatures. The circus came to town and nobody attended……

    Penny, the pawsitive host of the Alphabark Challenge, 2014!


    • Penny, you rock! Let your last line be a proclamation heard around the globe: “The circus came to town and nobody attended.” I think you’ve just crafted our battle cry! Good job Girl! Big smooch to you!


  5. Thanks Renata. I’m hearing that alot of people aren’t aware that this is going on and I’m glad to help bring it to attention. I assumed that since the circus protests usually make the evening news that folks were understanding why the protesters were out there. So thanks for opening my eyes!


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