I wish I could say it’s a snazzy new trend in cruelty-free makeup, but sadly, it’s quite the opposite. In fact, Wonder Dust may be the cruelest kind of “makeup” around.
Ringling Brothers’ “training” consists of beating elephants with steel-tipped bullhooks, sometimes until they’re bloody. Former Ringling employees report that handlers then cover the wounds with a gray powder called “Wonder Dust.” When placed on fresh cuts and punctures, Wonder Dust closely matches the elephant’s own skin color. Just when you thought they couldn’t be more shady, right? I “wonder” how these handlers sleep at night. Really.
Sadly, the elephants suffer from wounds, cuts and punctures whether people see them or not. That’s why it’s up to us, the general public, to stop paying for this to happen. More and more people are boycotting the circus, not to mention the many celebs that are speaking up for animals in the circus.