Human’s biggest Dumbo act
Ever been blessed by an elephant? They use their trunks and place it on your head. They love to reach out to children.
Don’t do it. Hindus have been asked to stop this practice as elephants have been known to catch tuberculous from the pilgrims who come from all over the world to be ‘blessed’. many have died already -read more here
Elephants are a close-knit, gipsy kind of family- they enjoy travelling around the wild. Today I am going to talk a bit about what an animal goes through when they are kept in captivity.
When I was about 10 years old, living in South Africa, every year a famous circus would pitch its tents by our school and entice us to go watch their shows. Always using animals as their main highlight for the show. I am far too curious and I got bored watching the show and I slipped off my bench and decided to go behind the scenes and do a bit of exploring. I found a newly born litter of kittens, neglected, no mother in sight clearly stressed out. One of the circus staff found me and chased me away. I never went back to a circus. I just knew in my naive child spirit that this was not natural.
So today I’m creating awareness around how our earthling friends get treated around the world, focusing on Circus myths.
Circus animals have a strong positive bond with their owners and that is why they perform tricks with them.
Elephants are wild animals they are not programmed to do the bidding of humans. There is this myth that owners use positive reinforcements techniques to do tricks. This may be true in some cases but the truth is time is money. The travelling circus needs to make money to survive. They are more likely to beat animals. They starve animals, beat them with sharp hooked objects. The whole point of this is to make the elephant know who is the boss. Animals can never truly be owned or tamed. So their behaviour is unpredictable in terms of keeping people safe.
Circus animals are loved and nurtured from birth like a child
Bullshit alert. Circus animals are usually rented out on lease for a season contract. They are passed from one circus to another. When an animal becomes to old and sick they are given to zoos or research laboratories. This is especially true for animals who are not good and do not behave like their owners want to them to.
After a successful show, animals get to take their shoes off and chill out.
If your idea of kicking back and chilling is being put in a cage so small that you can hardly move then fair do’s. But seriously …. Are you nuts? What usually happens is animals do not get fed, they are shipped in cages to their next job in inhumane conditions. There is usually no air conditioning or heating on their flight as passengers. Most of their life is a loop of performing and cage. Perform and cage. Perform and cage. Aaaah, what a great life show biz animals have hey?
The circus is a great safe place to bring the family together to enjoy and have a good time
Animals and people get injured – one example is Tyke. His story is this: Tyke had been neglected and treated like shit for years and years.She thought that living in a cage sucked -balls. She had had enough. This is how Tyke spend her last day in this planet. She had to get away from the madness that was her life. She killed her trainer and thirteen other people. She was shot nearly 100 times. Her story is a harsh reminder of what happens when an animal is kept in captivity and used and abused for the pleasure of humans. Her story must not be forgotten. She died in 1994.
This is only way to educate ourselves about animals .
Really? So how natural is is for an elephant to throw balls into a hoop or whatever other fancy trick they are pushed to learn? Or dressing an elephant up in a tutu –
Aaaaaaaaaaw how cute!.
How many animals in the wild do we know about who do performance ticks and fashions hows for their fellows earthlings? This is not education. It is Entertainment at the expense of animals.
There are laws to protect circus animals.
Yes, there is a federal animal welfare act in the U.S.A. and the U.K. ( it includes guidelines on care,safety,treatment and transport) but violators of this act are rarely prosecuted and so the abuse continues.
DAISY, WHAT CAN I DO?
Love this question 😀 — I did kind of put in in the post myself- far from being biased at all 😉
I’m going to be blunt. Don’t go to animal focused circuses -demand human circuses that have humans doing death defying stunts that make you wonder if they will live and human performers who do acts that leave you and your children in awe of how amazing us humans are.
Don’t know how to do this ?
Write a letter to your whatever place you live in who has the power to enforce legislations. Or
Write a letter to protest these animal focused circuses from coming to you town.