7 Videos That Expose Circus Cruelty

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Posted July 21, 2014 by Kim Johnson

Circuses take everything away from the animals they use. Click on any of these videos to find out what the circus doesn’t want you to see.

1. Circuses take babies away from their mothers.

This video shows how the Ringling Bros. circus systematically destroys the mother-calf bond. At 1:09, a baby is taken away from his mother only seconds after birth. At 2:29, a 4-year-old elephant meets a horrific fate.

2. Circus workers beat baby elephants into submission.

Alec Baldwin explains that elephant trainers use whips, chains, and electric prods to force animals to perform. At 0:32, check out the shocking photos from an ex-Ringling trainer, and at 0:59, a vet tells you what the term “breaking an elephant” actually means.

3. But the adult “trainings” are just as bad.

Carson & Barnes Circus’ “animal care” director shows would-be elephant trainers how to use a bullhook. At 1:40, he viciously beats an elephant for making a mistake. At 2:38, he reveals how the circus keeps these beatings a secret, and at 3:56, he trades a bullhook for an electric prod.

4. Trainers beat elephants before the show …

In 2009, a PETA investigation exposed the abuse going on behind the scenes at Ringling. At 0:32, watch a trainer intentionally show an elephant a bullhook before striking her with it.

5. … and intimidate them after the show.

A brave 5-year-old girl and her mother reveal what they saw after a Shrine circus show in Pittsburgh. At 0:58, the little girl breaks down everything that you need to know about the circus.

6. And the abuse continues for these elephants’ entire lives.

This SFW video shows the true story of Karen, an elephant who has been on the road with Ringling for more than 40 years.

7. Circuses are bad for all animals.

You can help animals in the circus!

Never, ever go to any circus that uses animals, and urge your friends or family to stay away, too. Share this with everyone you know to help spread the word. The elephants need you!

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