One of our fave actors, Jason Biggs, is back with another hilarious but important video to show us what really happens to elephants, tigers, and other animals who are abused in circuses. You might remember Jason from Orange Is the New Black, American Pie, or his hilarious anti-SeaWorld video for peta2. Jason has joined forces with Jenny Mollen, Sunny Mabrey, Ross McCall, and Daniel Maurio to show everyone the difference between human entertainers—who choose to perform—and animal “entertainers,” who are forced to perform.
Watch as Jason demonstrates what it would be like if he were treated like an animal in the circus:
In all seriousness, if you were an animal abused for entertainment, it could mean any of these things:
Performing Against Your Will
Tigers, bears, elephants, and other animals are forced by their trainers to perform dangerous and uncomfortable tricks, not because they want to, but because they are afraid of what will happen to them if they don’t.
Abusive Training Sessions
Common training techniques include the use of whips, electro-shocks, chaining, and food deprivation. Elephants are routinely hit with bullhooks—sharp metal weapons that resemble fireplace pokers.
When they’re not performing, animals are chained or kept in cramped cages, sometimes for days, with barely enough room to turn around. Big cats often have to pee and poop in the same tiny cage where they eat, sleep, and drink.
Some animals have tried to fight back against humans or escape their stressful and lonely lives in the circus and have been shot during these tragedies.
What can you do to help animals who are abused for entertainment? Pledge never to go to a circus that uses animals! You can also e-mail [email protected] for free leaflets and stickers that you can use to speak out when you know that an animal circus is coming to your town.
It’s not OK to beat animals, keep them chained, or force them to perform tricks—because animals are #NotOurs to (ab)use. I pledge never to go to a circus that uses animals.