Written by PETA
An elephant used by
a circus in Vietnam
trampled an 11-year-old
girl to death after the girl and some friends snuck into the area where the
elephant was shackled. The elephant, who had reportedly been taunted by children
earlier, lifted the child up and threw her down, repeatedly stepping on
Elephants are hardwired
to walk for miles every day. When their freedom
of movement is reduced to the length of a chain, they quickly become despondent, frustrated,
and unpredictable. In the U.S. alone, captive elephants have killed 15 people and
injured more than 135 in the past 20 years.
Never buy a ticket
to circuses like Ringling
Bros. and Barnum & Bailey that still
exploit elephants. Instead, enjoy spectacular cruelty-free productions like Cirque du Soleil
by Jennifer O’Connor
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