"The Greatest Show on Earth" Isn't So Great for Elephants

  • by: Care2.com
  • target: President Barack Obama
We marvel at circus shows with their remarkable acrobatic feats and daring animals tricks. However, what goes on behind the scenes is anything but amazing. In fact, it's revolting.

Elephants, a main component of circuses, face unimaginable trauma. Elephants under the care of Feld Entertainment (owner of Ringling Circus, Disney On Ice, Disney Live, and Monster Jam) have been found to be lame from being confined to tight spaces, suffer from diseases like herpes and tuberculosis, and are forced to sit in their own feces for up to 70 hours at a time.

They are frequently beaten with bull hooks and electric prods and have been found to have serious musculoskeletal disorders. As surprising as this information may be, it is even more surprising that the government has yet to intervene. This tragedy needs further attention in order for justice to be served. Save elephants from these repulsive conditions.
Feld Entertainment, owner of Ringling Circus, Disney On Ice, Disney Live, and Monster Jam, has a notorious reputation for subjecting their elephants to horrible conditions. Feld Entertainment essentially makes up to $1 billion a year on animal abuse. Elephants are frequently beaten with bull hooks and electric prods. Almost 100% of elephants have been found to be lame with serious foot problems or musculoskeletal disorders. They are also frequently inflicted with herpes and tuberculosis, crippling them and even causing death in some instances. And this abuse in only the tip of the iceberg.

Despite more than dozens of investigations into Feld Entertainment, the government has failed to intervene.Videos have been released and people have stepped forward to speak out against this corporation, but they have yet to be found guilty in a court of law.

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The conditions under which these elephants live are horrific, to say the least. Nothing will be done to save them with out government intervention. Don't allow this barbaric treatment of animals to continue. Please make animal welfare a priority!
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