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Ellie Elephant Goes to School

Written by PETA | March 12, 2009

Most kids love animals, but not all kids are aware of the horrors that elephants and other animals in circuses face, so PETA and Ellie Elephant decided to tell local kids what goes on behind the big top. Ellie was a huge hit with children and parents, handing out activity books to show kids why circuses are no fun for animals. The kids were excited to get their hands on the fun workbooks, and the parents appreciated the educational message. Check out these photos of Ellie making friends and spreading the word about why elephants would rather be left at home in nature with their families than endure the chains and whips used by circus trainers.


An elephant never forgets … to wear her “Circuses Are No Fun for Animals” button!
Ellie the Elephant

The pair on the right couldn’t wait to get home to use those books.
Ellie the Elephant

Ellie’s new BFF, John the crossing guard, took a few activity books home for his grandkids.
Ellie the Elephant

If your kids missed out on Ellie’s visit but still want to help animals in circuses, they can check out this fun comic and visit to find out the facts and get active.

Written by Lianne Turner

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  • CAROLYN says:

    Go PETA! This is an awesome way to make a point to children who want animals to be cared for! The approach isn’t scary but taps into a child’s natural empathy and the parents get to learn the truth. Well done!

  • Saucy says:

    That’s a very cute elephant. It looks like a giant stuffed animal. I bet the kids really like that. The comic strip is very informative sweet and sad all at the same time very moving. Gosh I had no idea that they would chain an elephant’s trunk to hisher feet. That’s outrageous. How very cruel.

  • NT says:

    I believe that most kids are compassionate at heart but have been brainwashed by adults as far as animals are concerned. If kids knew the horrors of slaughterhouses they’d all be vegetarians and if they saw the animal abuse in circuses I know they would refuse to go. My girls are vegetarians not because I made them go vegetarian but because they saw photos of factory farming and that was enough for them to refuse to support such industries. I think educating kids on animal issues is the best way to help animals.

  • lynda downie says:

    That’s great Peta!

  • Gina says:

    This is fantastic! Kids should know these facts and know that each time they visit the circus they are paying for animals elephants in particular being abused. They need to know they must learn.