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Elephants in a Circus

Elephant Life in U.S. Circuses

Source: In Defense of Animals

Ringling Bros. Beats Elephants:

Source:  PETA

Take Action to Help Ailing Elephants Now

Imagine if you had to walk to work every day while suffering from a debilitating medical condition that caused your joints to ache and your feet to throb. At work, you'd be kept on your feet constantly and forced to perform physical labor for long shifts. You'd be given no chance to recuperate (much less retire), and when you slowed down or balked, your boss would hit you with something resembling a fireplace poker or would stick the pointy end of the instrument under your chin and drag you around. When you weren't working, you would live in chains and wouldn't be given any medication for pain.

That's pretty much what life is like for Karen, Nicole, and Sara—three elephants who are shunted from town to town by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

Recently, independent exotic-animal veterinarians and a retired elephant manager, with nearly 100 years of combined experience, observed the elephants while the circus was in Charlotte. According to their official reports, all three elephants are suffering from lameness—a painful condition that can be made worse by the awkward contortions required to perform circus tricks and by a meager "life" on the road. Nicole and Karen also suffer from arthritis, and Sara, who is only 10 years old, is well on her way to developing the disease. Ringling has ignored all recommendations that Nicole be excluded from performing certain routines, and now she is in such poor physical condition that experts insist that keeping her on the road constitutes "unnecessary cruelty."

Elephants are meant to move about, roaming for miles over grass and soft terrain and engaging in activities that come naturally to them. These hurting girls are not meant to stand on urine- and feces-covered cement for hours on end or to be beaten and forced by Ringling to perform harmful, unnatural tricks that strain their aching muscles and joints.

Please take a minute of your time to help spare Karen, Nicole, and Sara from additional suffering by politely urging Secretary of Agriculture Thomas J. Vilsack to stop folding to pressure from Ringling and to immediately seize these ailing elephants before it's too late—foot disorders and arthritis are the leading reasons for euthanasia in captive elephants.

Source:  PETA


Circuses That Do Not Use Animal Acts

Bindlestiff Family Circus
P.O. Box 1917
New York, NY 10009

Circus Millennia
2700 S. Lang St.
Arlington, VA 22206

Circus Minimus
215 W. 88th St., Ste. 12G
New York, NY 10024

Circus Oz
P.O. Box 504
Port Melbourne 3207
Victoria, Australia
(tours in the U.S. Nov.-Jan.)

Cirque Éos
P.O. Box 53017
Succursale Canardière, Québec G1K 5K3

Cirque du San Jose
634 N. Eighth St.
San Jose, CA 94112

Cirque du Soleil
1217 Notre-Dame St. E.
Montréal, Québec H2L 2R3

Cirque Éloize
1801, rue d'Orléans
Montréal, Québec H1W 3R6

Cirque Ingénieux
c/o The Booking Group
145 W. 45th St., 8th Fl.
New York, NY 10036

Earth Circus
P.O. Box 420189
San Francisco, CA 94142

Fern Street Circus
P.O. Box 621004
San Diego, CA 92162

Flying High Circus
Richard Brinson, Director
FSU Circus
Tallahassee, FL 32306-3064

Gregangelo & Velocity Circus Troupe
225 San Leandro Way
San Francisco, CA 94127

Hiccup Circus
Hawaii's Volcano Circus
Educational Non-Profit Organizations
RR 2, Box 4524, Pahoa, HI 96778
Tel./Fax 808-965-8756

Lazer Vaudeville
621 S.W. First Ave.
Ocala, FL 34474

Make a Circus
755 Frederick St.
San Francisco, CA 94117

Mexican International Circus
c/o Xentel DM
609 14th St. N.W., Ste. 300
Calgary Alberta T2N 2A1

The New Pickle Family Circus
50 Oak St., Ste. 303
San Francisco, CA 94102


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