Graphic Video Inc. Circus Was About Exploitation and Cruelty

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“Please note I added the videos as extras, which I have used before; but they are not connected or related to the news link. Please sign petitions regarding circuses (which are included on the homepage) New Petitions Constantly Being Added etc. You will find petitions of all kinds regarding animal abuse. So please consider signing a few others whilst you’re there; every signature helps fight against animal abuse! Thanks”

The Carson & Barnes Circus has come and gone, and if caring area residents knew more about the cruel treatment of animals used by the circus, they’ll think twice before welcoming it back.

A Video I Found Of the Elephants Uploaded April 2013

These elephants are forced to perform, beaten into submission, their bodies posed in unnatural positions; that puts great strain & pain on their joints. See the man walking round with the bullhook in his hands; a tool greatly feared by the elephants & for good reason!! This is not entertainment, this is elephants being abused, degraded & forced to perform through fear & violence…just for your entertainment. Please look past the glamour & sparkle; have you ever seen an elephant perform like this in the wild?? NO never…I rest my case!!! 

Carson & Barnes recently paid to settle 10 alleged violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act, including failure to maintain control of an elephant who sustained injuries after running down a steep slope and falling, inadequate shelter and fencing for elephants, transporting elephants in an unsafe manner, and for leaving elephants unattended during rides.

Watch How Elephants Are Trained…Hear Them Scream In Pain…Still Think It’s Ok To Go To The Circus???? Well It’s Hell On Earth For Animals

” Disgusting Animal Abuse & disgusting language from a disgusting piece of Sxxt in the guise of an elephant trainer. He is not an animal trainer, he is a bully, a thug, who enjoys inflicting pain on anything he considers beneath him…would you let him train your dog?? No, then please think on, whenever you see an animal performing stupid tricks for human entertainment….it’s not because it enjoys doing it; it’s through sheer fear, beatings, pain, denial of food & water etc. & that animals knows what will happen… if it doesn’t perform for his master!!”

Viewer Discretion Advised – Undercover footage from Carson & Barnes Circus

Uploaded on 18 Jan 2012

Undercover footage from Carson & Barnes Circus – elephant training Support 

A U.S. Department of Agriculture inspector saw a handler with no elephant experience repeatedly use “excessive force while tugging at” the elephant with a bullhook—a rod with a sharp steel hook on one end. Another trainer was caught on video viciously attacking terrified elephants with bullhooks and electric prods and instructing other trainers to hurt the elephants until they scream, to sink a bullhook into their flesh and twist it, and to conceal the beatings from the public.

The circus has repeatedly been cited for failure to provide animals with veterinary care, minimum space, shelter from the elements, adequate ventilation, and clean water.

The time is long overdue to stop pretending that animal acts are anything other than cruel exploitation.

News Link:-http://trib.com/opinion/letters/circus-was-about-exploitation-and-cruelty/article_0e0471b8-fe29-5599-a042-888f85fde804.html

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“Sunder” The Elephant Needs Our Help!

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You may have heard or recall the post I did earlier,that just before the London Olympic Games , Paul McCartney halted rehearsals to make an urgent plea in behalf of a suffering young elephant.

Now, PETA India has obtained new photographic evidence of the abuse that the elephant is enduring while being used as a living begging bowl and beaten by a vicious, inept young mahout (trainer). 

At just 13 years old, Sunder has already experienced terrible torment. Kept in chains in a dark shed at the Jyotiba Temple in Maharashtra, India, he is unable to take even a single step without causing a spike to jab his skin.

When he is taken out of the shed in order to beg for money for this wealthy temple, the mahout controls him with a spiked chain, a sharp bullhook (which is like a fireplace poker), and other weapons that force Sunder to follow orders out of fear of being struck.

Sunder is often seen with fresh wounds that he sustained during beatings, and the marks that cover his body stand as evidence of years of abuse.

PETA India–supported program, Animal Rahat , was finally given permission to provide the elephant with veterinary care for his right eye, which was likely injured from being jabbed with a bullhook.

Sunder is also denied adequate food and water and never experiences anything that is natural and important to him, such as exploring the woods and enjoying the company of other elephants.

A complaint has been filed with police against Sunder’s mahout, since the torment that he inflicts on the elephant is in violation of the Wildlife Protection acts of 1972 and 2002 and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960.

PETA India and the veterinarians present are also requesting that Forest Minister Dr. Patangrao Shripatrao Kadam use his authority to have Sunder surrendered and retired to a proper sanctuary that PETA India has standing by to receive him.

Help free Sunder! E-mail the forest minister, Dr. Kadam, and urge him to free Sunder without a moment’s delay.

 

News Link:http://www.peta.org/b/thepetafiles/archive/2012/08/06/work-with-paul-mccartney-to-free-elephant.aspx

Action Alert:– http://action.petaindia.com/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=111&ea.campaign.id=15880

Care2 Petition:http://www.care2.com/news/member/229345849/3422725

Related:https://preciousjules1985.wordpress.com/2012/07/27/sir-paul-mccartney-writes-to-minister-against-cruelty-to-elephant/

“I was trying to find a video of the actual elephant but couldn’t, found the one below though…Just think about the abuse these magnificent beast have to endure…& people wonder why some of them, turn on their mahouts!  The guys in the video certainly didn’t like it when they realised they had been caught on tape abusing the elephant”.

Guruvayoor Elephant Mahouts

Published on 26 Jul 2012 by 

Dear Friends I shot this video when I visited Elephant Sanctuary at Guruvayoor, (Thrissur Dist. Kerala, India.) on 3rd of January 2010. This is very cruel , people behaviour towards animals. I was threatened while I was shooting this video and such a difficulty I could finish it. I kept this video all these days under the cover. I heard that elephant named “Arjun” is not in a position to walk as the mahouts hit him to the core and left leg had broken. Considering Arjuns case he is one of the best elephants in Kerala. I seriously don’t know why these government servants behave this way to Elephants. 
Please share video if you love ELEPHANTS

L.A. Considers Possibility Of Banning Bullhook Use On Elephants

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Coincidence or not, a discussion about the use of bullhooks with elephants at Los Angeles City Hall is happening just a few weeks before Ringling Bros. Circus is set to arrive in town.

A Ringling Bros. show | Photo: Joms/Flickr/Creative Commons License

Los Angeles’ Board of Animal Services Commissioners recently voted to recommend the city adopt an ordinance that would prohibit the use of bullhooks and other tools used in elephant training.

While a decision hasn’t been reached and the topic is still up for debate — a city panel is set to discuss it at a June 5 meeting — critics say the bullhook, which resembles a fireplace poker, is an outdated method of training animals.

“All elephants used by circuses are subjected to abuse,” said Carney Chester, an attorney with the PETA Foundation. “There is no excuse for these endangered animals to be subjected to this treatment for a few fleeting moments of entertainment.”

Chester argues that training elephants with bullhooks not only puts animals at risk, but trainers have a substantial likelihood of death. “It’s more dangerous than coal mining,” she said. “Elephants trained with bullhooks, subjected to constant threat of bullhooks [are] prone to very erratic, unpredictable, violent behavior.”

Banning bullhook use on elephants is not without precedent. Fulton County, Georgia was the first locality to prohibit their use. The ban, however, was challenged when Ringling Bros. came to Atlanta and secured a temporary restraining order.

Zoos across the country were criticized for decades over what some activists called inhumane treatment of elephants. However, many centers, including the Los Angeles Zoo, have adopted policies that only allow “protected contact” between elephants and zookeepers, which places a barrier between the animal and keeper.

Read the rest of this news:-http://www.kcet.org/updaily/1st_and_spring/animals/la-considers-possibility-of-banning-bullhook-use-on-elephants.html

Atlanta May End All Animal Control Services and Allow Elephant Abuse!

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Because of the Ringling Bros. circus’ shenanigans, Atlanta may lose its animal control services!

No strays picked up, no calls about injured animals answered. How? Last year, Fulton County passed an important animal control law that banned the use of bullhooks—sharp metal tools used by circuses to goad and prod elephants. As Atlanta has incorporated Fulton County’s animal control laws into its own, the ban legally applies in the city. But Ringling is trying to convince Atlanta not to abide by this law. If Atlanta does not agree to allow the ban on bullhooks to be enforcedthe city risks losing its animal control services altogether.

The use of bullhooks to abuse elephants in circuses is routine. An undercover investigation  of Ringling revealed that elephants are struck repeatedly with them in order to intimidate the elephants and remind them that they must do as they’re told or suffer the painful consequences. A longtime elephant trainer with the Carson & Barnes Circus was caught on video viciously attacking elephantswith a bullhook and instructing others to sink bullhooks into elephants’ flesh and twist it until they screamed in pain. 

If Atlanta opposes enforcement of the ban on bullhooks, the city’s whole range of animal control services may be suspended—no injured dogs picked up, no responses to dog attacks, no rabies vaccination enforcement, nothing. Please don’t let this happen. The mayor must sign an enforcement agreement with the county without further delay.

Please contact Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and urge him to enforce the bullhook ban in Atlanta and ensure that the city keeps its animal control services.

Please be sure to note if you are an Atlanta resident. We encourage you to use your own words, but feel free to use this sample letter.

PETA Link:-http://www.peta.org/action/action-alerts/Atlanta-May-End-All-Animal-Control-Services-and-Allow-Elephant-Abuse-.aspx

 

Video Reminder On How Baby Elephants Are Trained For Circus Life – A life of Abuse

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“The video below is not a new video, I’m posting it for those who haven’t seen it, or for those that are thinking of going to the circus. It also relates to the next post!”

Ringling Bros. Baby Killers’ Narrated by Kathy Najimy

“After watching the video, take a look at some still pictures below, some may have seen them, for those who have not, it’s hard to see a baby being treated with such brutal force, all in the name of entertainment. Think about these pictures the next time someone mentions going to the circus!”

Never-before-seen photos reveal how Ringling Bros. circus trainers cruelly force baby elephants to learn tricks, and it’s not through a reward system, as they claim. Explore the photos that will make parents think twice about taking their child to the circus.

Click here:– http://www.ringlingbeatsanimals.com/bound-babies.asp

You may have wondered how Ringling Bros. gets 8,000-pound elephants to perform tricks like sitting up and even standing on their heads, but now you know. Ringling breaks the spirit of elephants when they’re vulnerable babies who should still be with their mothers. Unsuspecting parents planning a family trip to the circus don’t know about the violent training sessions with ropes, bullhooks, and electric shock prods that elephants endure, so we need you to tell them.

“Here is video, showing some of the abusive pictures seen at the above link. Baby elephant abuse & training methods, it’s not a new video, just a reminder!”

How Ringling “trains” (BREAKS) baby elephants.

The Saddest Show On Earth

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Baby elephants are taken from their mothers, often at the cost of the mother’s life because a mother elephant does not give up her baby easily. The babies are beaten nonstop to break their will, then go through a training process of more cruelty and abuse. That is how they get a 10,000-pound elephant to perform the unnatural tricks they do for the audience’s pleasure.

EDUCATE YOURSELVES!!! Circuses are hell on earth for animals!!! – Trainers use bullhooks, whips, sticks, circus animal cruelty electric prods, and other tools that intentionally cause pain and injury in order to force animals to perform. Undercover footage of behind-the-scenes training shows elephants beaten with bullhooks and shocked with electric prods, big cats dragged by heavy chains around their neck and hit with sticks, bears whacked and prodded with long poles, and chimpanzees kicked and hit with riding crops. Trainers have to break their spirit; they have to tear the animal down psychologically before the trainers can actually teach them “tricks.” This type of training is usually done when the circus animal cruelty elephant is just a baby. However, there are instances where grown elephants are taken from the wild and “broken.” This is done by restraining the elephant with short chains to a small area as someone repeatedly beats the animal with a bullhook.

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