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Child Crushed by Elephant Used in Circuses

Written by PETA | October 18, 2011

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 her. 

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 instead.

 

Written by Jennifer O’Connor

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  • Tharindu Muthukumarana says:

    Elephants are wild animals. There have been several records in the world like this. This is becuse elephants really belong to wild. Today in the world captive elephants dosn’t get the natural things what they really want. Save the captive elephants!! Tharindu Muthukumarana

  • Heather M says:

    Such a tragedy for such a young child, yes children are curious and they make mistakes as we all do. These animals don’t deserve to be locked up and abused, they should be respected and preferably live in the wild or good sanctuaries who will take good care of them. And children should not be allowed to venture into places where they are in danger. It is a terrible thing that happened for all concerned.

  • Fen Drayton says:

    Sorry….but at age 11, they SHOULD know right from wrong. I am NOT excusing the child’s death, but she WAS old enough to know better. But for lack of supervision, teaching, and irresponsible training of a powerful animal, there is now a life lost.

  • JD says:

    It was the girl’s fault. She was old enough to know what she was doing. I feel bad for the elephant, not her.

  • wolfsrain says:

    when will humans learn that we do NOT own animals on this cursed planet?!?!?!?! all of them humans should be dead for ever keeping that elephant in captivity

  • Tom says:

    People, seriously?!?! It was a 11 year old little girl who lost her life.At her age, all of us where curious about the world, so it was almost sure she would try to see these animals. How could you feel bad about the elephant and not about the girl?!!? ¨Guess that will teach them to taunt animals 20 times their size¨ SHE WAS 11 FOR GODS SAKE!!! When you start thinking like this, you are no better then the people who hit and mistreat animals! Its a disgrace!

  • JoeBlow says:

    Guess that will teach them to taunt animals 20 times their size.

  • PETSOVERPEOPLE says:

    Another tragedy that could have been avoided. Children are attracted to animals, but have no business being around wild animals. People have got to stop supporting this barbaric, dated attraction, for the animals’ sake, and evidently for people also.

  • PETSOVERPEOPLE says:

    Another tragedy that could have been avoided. Children are attracted to animals, but have no business being around wild animals. People have got to stop supporting this barbaric, dated attraction, for the animals’ sake, and evidently for people also.

  • roxanne says:

    why taunt the poor elephant. what do they expect?

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