Bears, elephants, tigers, and other animals do not voluntarily ride bicycles, stand on their heads, balance on balls, or jump through rings of fire. They don’t perform these and other difficult tricks because they want to; they perform them because they’re afraid of what will happen if they don’t.
For animals in circuses, there is no such thing as “positive reinforcement”—only varying degrees of punishment and deprivation. To force them to perform these meaningless and physically uncomfortable tricks, trainers use whips, tight collars, muzzles, electric prods, bullhooks, and other painful tools of the trade.
In the Ringling Bros. circus, elephants are beaten, hit, poked, prodded, and jabbed with sharp hooks, sometimes until bloody. Ringling breaks the spirit of elephants when they’re vulnerable babies who should still be with their mothers. Unsuspecting parents planning a family trip to the circus don’t know about the violent training sessions with ropes, bullhooks, and electric shock prods that elephants endure. Heartbreaking photos reveal how Ringling Bros. circus trainers cruelly force baby elephants to learn tricks, and it’s not through a reward system, as they claim.
Is there really NOBODY able to STOP these dirty practices, done by local Americans, in “training” the business-“attractions” of Ringling Bros, Carson and Barnes and more circuses and “zoos”???
DON’T VISIT SUCH CIRCUSES AND ZOOS, AVOID THEM UNTIL THEY ARE BANKRUPT!!!!!
LOOK at these “brave” American citizens and remember their incredible dirty laughing faces……. we are here in “civilized” America in 2010!
Photo courtesy PETA