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Caught on Tape: Elephant Mercilessly Beaten

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Posted March 29, 2011 by peta2 staff

Undercover footage released by London-based Animal Defenders International shows an elephant handler with the “Super Circus” as he viciously kicks and beats a chained 58-year-old elephant named Annie with a pitchfork and a club. At one point, it appears that the elephant, who was taken from the wild as a child for a lifetime of servitude in the circus, is stabbed in the face with the tines of a pitchfork. Annie, who suffers from arthritis like most elephants in captivity, is the last elephant still used in a circus in Britain. The undercover footage also shows ponies and horses who jump backwards as they are kicked and slapped as well as a worker who spits in a camel’s face.

Four years ago, PETA offered to pay to send Super Circus’ owner, Bobby Roberts, to visit The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. We hoped that once he saw the paradise that awaited Annie, he would relent and retire her to sanctuary. The heartless exploiter never responded.

PETA U.K. has contacted the RSPCA asking that Annie be confiscated from the circus, and the group is appealing to the British government to pass a pending bill that would ban the use of wild animals in U.K. circuses.

While PETA U.K. fights for Annie, you can fight for elephants who are suffering right here in the U.S. Click here to learn more about the abuse of animals in circuses and what you can do to help stop it. Every one of those animals needs your help.

Just keepin’ it real,
Sunny


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  • 2064 days ago

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    Does anyone share my frustration? Every time I read someone comment: “This is so awful—it should stop”, I feel violent inside. OK- we all agree—this is awful, and should stop. But saying that, and wishing it, isn’t making it stop. What is it going to take? I’m serious…I’d like to hear answers.

  • 2064 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    So sad…

  • 2073 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I just stopped at 15 seconds.
    That is just … unbelievable.
    Such acts should stop right now.

  • 2079 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Stop crying about it and being sad about it! Start doing something to end it and let’s get these Nazis locked up! The elephants NEED OUR HELP! Annie needs our help NOW!!Do what ever you can to help PETA!! THANK YOU PETA!! HELP ANNIE!!

  • 2079 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    LYNDSEY— I hope the torture of animals, does more than just “bug” you…I personally, can not wrap my brain around the fact that cruelty to this degree even exists. Everytime I watch these videos, & I do make myself, lest I slip back into complacency, and therefore become ineffective in the battle; after each viewing, I cry profusely, feeling my heart torn out, then my mind tries to convince me that what I just watched, isn’t real…Because lately, I’m finding it hard to function in a world inhabited by animal abusers…evidence of dead people, who are still walking around. And just as bad?…Even with the evidence of their deeds on tape, for all the world to see? It continues. What does this tell us about our “Governing Authorities” …Please ponder these following words closely…”HE WHO PASSIVELY ACCEPTS EVIL, IS AS MUCH INVOLVED IN IT, AS HE WHO HELPS TO PERPETUATE IT. HE WHO ACCEPTS EVIL, WITHOUT PROTESTING AGAINST IT, IS REALLY COOPERATING WITH IT” ——Martin Luther King

  • 2079 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    This is horrible they should really get a ban. Thank you peta for standing up for the animals. It really bugs me when people say horrible stuff like this.

    http://www.fashionist.ca/2011/03/peta-strips-down-and-protests-toronto-fashion-week.html

  • 2079 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I kept asking, “WHAT IS SHE DOING WRONG?”; there is no reason for his behaviour, except cruelty. Annie is broken hearted, and has no life left in her. This is an outrage, & I am sick that people like this really do exist.

  • 2080 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    F**k you Super Circus…

  • 2080 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    :'( soo sad these people have no hearts! I hope the law is approved and they approve this law in the US

  • 2080 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Wow. I watched 5 seconds of that and I’m tearing up. Go UK PETA.

  • 2080 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    🙁

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