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Potentially Deadly High-Wire Act

Written by PETA | April 15, 2010

After an elephant who was being used in a Shrine-sponsored circus killed an animal groom in Pennsylvania recently, people asked how such a thing could happen. Circus spokespeople claimed that the elephant had been spooked by a live electrical wire.

Hmm. The same question arose when Tilly, an orca living in a cramped tank at SeaWorld, attacked and killed a trainer. SeaWorld said all sorts of things, such as that maybe Tilly was just playing! Now, check out this mind-boggling video from China, and it’s abundantly clear: To captive animals, some humans are hated, and some are just food. As for the hated, who can blame the animals? Chains, sharp metal bullhooks, whips, small cages, loss of freedom—it’s a dangerous mix.

 

 

We watched this frightened toddler walk a tightrope over a pit filled with stressed-out tigers and steeled ourselves for the worst.

Captivity doesn’t make a wild animal’s natural instincts disappear. Is it any surprise, then, when animals who have been beaten, battered, and broken respond accordingly?

Via Perez Hilton

Written by Jennifer O’Connor

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  • Cat! =^-^= says:

    I’m in agreement with Abby and Jackie we can’t blame a certain person or culture for the cruelty of animals and wishing suffering on others is never the answer. Kim please think twice before you make such hateful statements you really do nothing for the animals and you really embarrass yourself when you say things like that. The only effective way to get these circuses to shut down is to stop supporting them and the way to stop support for these events is to educate the general public of the suffering they cause.

  • Abby says:

    Too bad the safety wire didn’t break? Really Kim? You are the reason the vast majority of people don’t look deeper into animal causesthey associate it with hating humans or wishing ill upon humans for the sake of other species. You just wished death upon a child who had no control over the situation. You are the problem.

  • Gina says:

    The parents need their heads read!!!

  • Jackie says:

    I find it strange that now suddenly people are concerned about a little Chinese girl being abused by being forced to do dangerous circus tricks. Do people really think this is new? There’s been a long history of acrobatics in China. There also other countries where people put their children into showbuisness or to make tennis shoes in a warehouse because they need the money. People can judge when they’re the ones who would go starving if it wasn’t for the money earned by their child. I mean do you think the parents really want to do this do you think they think it’s fun? They’re doing this because if they don’t they don’t have food on the table. Such arrogance and such ignorance.

  • Kim says:

    too bad the safety wire didnt break.

  • Mrs Jennifer Morgan-Libby says:

    Absolutely dispicable!

  • claire says:

    OMG HOW CAN THOSE PEOPLE DO THAT TO A LITTLE BOY???. THAT CHILD SHOULD BE TAKEN INTO CARE AND THE TIGERS ALLOWED TO EAT THE PARENTS.HORRIBLE PEOPLE TORTURING ANIMALS AND KIDS.

  • Rob says:

    Tiger “Come on little one come on…FALL! NOW! FALL!”

  • Kat says:

    Is there anyway to see the video on a blackberry?