BE A PART OF THE PETA2 MOVEMENT

Why This Elephant Was Publicly Hanged to Death

Profile photo of hhealy

Posted October 24, 2016 by Hannah Healy

Just like we do today, humans 100 years ago forced elephants to perform in circuses. One of those elephants was named Mary. One day, likely after years of being confined and abused, she struck back at a circus employee after he hit her with a sharp weapon called a bullhook—which is still used today by circus employees to control elephants. 

Baby elephant with bullhook.

Mary was hit with a bullhook like the one in this photo. Bullhooks are still used to punish and control elephants today.

Because she fought back, people strung Mary up by a crane to hang her to death in front of the public. The first chain that was wrapped around her neck snapped, and she crashed to the ground, breaking her hip. During the second attempt, she was killed. This innocent individual who longed for nothing more than freedom was tortured to death while crowds of humans looked on. She may be gone, but we will not let her be forgotten. This horrific image will forever serve as a reminder of the atrocities committed by circuses throughout history:

mary-the-elephant

Mary was killed in 1916. And as shocking as it may seem, elephants and other animals are still being abused in circuses today. Unlike humans, animals do not choose to perform. Elephants, big cats, bears, and other animals perform difficult tricks like standing on their heads or balancing on pedestals because they’re afraid of what will happen if they don’t.

lion-hit-with-stick

Circus trainers often use whips, tight collars, muzzles, bullhooks, and even electric prods to force animals to perform.

bear-balancing

Circuses travel in all weather extremes and often for days at a time. During transport, animals are often confined to boxcars, trailers, and trucks. They have no choice but to eat, sleep, poop, and pee in the same tiny space. Many are even denied regular food, water, and veterinary care. Once they reach the venue, animals usually remain caged or chained in arena basements and parking lots.

nosey-chained

Many circuses profit from animal suffering, but you can help stop this. Never go to a circus that uses animals, and tell your friends and family why they shouldn’t either. 

Mary isn’t the only elephant who was publicly killed because of the circus. An elephant named Tyke was shot nearly 100 times on a street in Hawaii after she killed a trainer. Her story is just one more reason NEVER to attend a circus that uses animals.

tykes-tragic-story-thumb

Tags: ,

Respond

Comments

Post a Comment

Please log in to comment.

Your email address will not be published.

Connect with Facebook

Please check I'm not a robot

Your email address will not be published.

Connect with Facebook

Please check I'm not a robot

  • Profile photo of spiritualveda

    40 days ago

    Humans against humanity, really sad,

  • 40 days ago

    THIS WORLD IS HELL ON EARTH FOR MANY ANIMALS. COUNTRIES/PEOPLE MUST EVOLVE AND LEARN TO RESPECT ANIMALS AND THEY ARE NOT HERE TO BE ABUSED/USED/TORTURED/MURDERED FOR ANYONES PLEASURE, FUN OR MONEY EARNING OR SLAVES !!

  • Profile photo of BarbaraHoltz

    41 days ago

    It is so heartbreaking to learn of the abuses done to elephants (especially after I had just watched a video of a baby elephant with his head in a woman’s lap while she pet him and sang lullibies to him). They are very social animals and deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. Circuses look at them as their cash cows and nothing more.

  • 41 days ago

    THIS IS HORRIFIC WHAT THE CIRCUS DO TO THE ANIMALS IN THEIR CARE SHUT THEM ALL DOW BARBARIS FOR ANY POOR ANIMALS.

  • Profile photo of oshin07

    41 days ago

    love for those poor babies.I have never watched any circus show. Don’t know why even in this time circus would be a form of entertainment. Seriously we have a lot of other non cruel ways.Circus should be banned from using animals all over the world.

US & Canada: Sign up for Mobile!

Games, freebies, events in your area & more

Mobile #
Email

  I agree to the full texting T&Cs. Msg and data rates may apply. Text HELP for help, text STOP to end. Up to 10 msgs/month.

Follow Us