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{December 25, 2009}   Ringling Bros’ Barnum and Bailey Circus Torture Baby Elephants

The baby elephants scream, cry, and struggle as they are stretched out, slammed to the ground, gouged with bullhooks, and shocked with electric prods.

Pulled to the ground by a web of ropes, a baby elephant learns the hard way how to become a circus performer. In case the youngster doesn’t want to co-operate, a trainer stands by with one of the sharp metal hooks used to manage the animals. The disturbing picture is one of a series taken by a former trainer which campaigners say reveal the brutal reality of how elephants are prepared for circus work. The pictures show them being dragged to the ground by ropes, chained side by side, pinned down by a hook in the back of the neck and checked by cattleprods. Peta – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals – say the elephants are also separated from their mothers by force. The photographs are being used to spearhead a campaign to tighten up laws on the use of wild beasts in circuses. The Government here is considering legislation to impose stricter conditions on their care, training and performance, particularly where young are concerned. The pictures were taken in the U.S. by handler Sammy Haddock, who worked for the Ringling Bros’ Barnum and Bailey Circus until 2005. They were taken more than seven years ago – but Peta says such methods are widespread, and ‘effectively amount to the torture of defenseless animals’.

Read the full article and see all the shocking pictures at Mail Online
PETA’s Petition
Patricia Cori’s Petition


Hilda Martínez Berlanga says:

We call ourselves humans…????

matmantra says:

I know! It’s a baby for crying out loud!

Vicente Perez says:

So painful, so shameful…

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