Sources: DoSomething.org, Filson Historical society, ARFF, In Defense of Animals, PeTA, Squiddo.com, RinglingBeatsAnimals.com
– The use of animals in entertainment has already been restricted or banned in cities across the U.S. and in countries worldwide. For instance, Bolivia, Greece, Israel, Peru, and Sweden have banned the use of all animals in circuses, and Britain has prohibited the use of wild animals in traveling circuses…BECAUSE IT’S SLAVERY!
– Standard circus industry training tools used on animals include bullhooks, whips, clubs, and electric prods.
-Physical punishment has always been the standard training method to make circus animals perform.
– Every major circus that uses animals has been cited for violating the minimal standards of care set forth in the United States Animal Welfare Act (AWA).
-Animals in circuses spend about 11 months of the year traveling.
– When captive elephants and felines fight back, attacks on humans in the U.S. have resulted in hundreds of injuries, many resulting in death.
– Other animals like bears, horses and dogs that are subjected to the same brutal “training” as the wild animals.
-At least 24 elephants have died at the hands of Barnum & Bailey and Ringling Brothers since 1992.
– Trainers drug some animals to make them “manageable” and surgically remove the teeth and claws of others.
– Animals enslaved in the circus are subjected to brutal “training” techniques.
-During the off-season, animals used in circuses may be housed in traveling crates or barn stalls— some are even kept in trucks. Such interminable confinement has harmful physical and psychological effects on animals.