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What’s the Worst Way That Circuses Abuse Elephants?

Written by PETA | September 9, 2010

Circuses such as Ringling Bros. abuse elephants in so many ways that it’s tough to decide which is worst. But when we polled people on our PETA mobile list, here’s what they chose:


Elephant Circus Poll


Which option gets your vote?

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Written by Joel Bartlett

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  • paul DuBois says:

    people who are cruel to animals should be prosecuted

  • PETA says:

    Re: James Lawson. We are making progress! Here’s a list of our most recent victories in the Entertainment industry: To help us achieve even more victories, visit the Action Center: – PETA

  • james lawson says:

    are Peta any closer to banning exotic/domestic animals in circuses across the states?

  • Yvonne says:

    I worked with Ringling back in 1958, never saw abuse of animals, I myself had a dog act. Things really have changed since, People have become terrorist towards animals, this has to stop. Go see Cirque Soleil, and stay away from the circus with animals.We used to say,” this person is an animal “, but the ones handling the poor beasts , don’t deserve to be called animals, they are much worse. This is NOT training anymore, but abuse, and that in the 20th century, it is like living in the stone ages.

  • jody bergeron says:

    im almost lost for words for what i just saw .ive never was allowed to go to circuses and i did th same wit my nt goin put $ n their pockets for that. i have plrnty more to say but is nt th most polite so ill leave at that

  • Diana says:

    please stop this cruel act


    How in this country is this happening those poor babies and the mother tied up giving birth and the baby ripped from her.God never intented this abuse How can we help them i cry everyday for them

  • James says:

    E All of the above

  • Nadia says:

    they are all cruel!. I hope for a day when the circus is GONE for good and animals aren’t forced to preform


    they should not be allowed to have animals in there circus’ since the only way they know how to treat them is sadistic and cruel…and only teaches young people it is ok to ridicule animals what they do is not natural…they do not stand on their heads in nature…maybe the circus people should start doing this stupid we can laugh and prod them..then maybe they will change…doubt it though

  • PETA says:

    Thanks for wanting to take more action for the poor elephant who was forced to give rides at the Indiana State Fair. There are several important steps you can take! Please let fair management know you wont be back until the elephant rides are eliminated. Post comments on the fairs Facebook page http://www.facebook.compagesIndianapolisINIndianaStateFair Fire off a letter to your newspaper. Explain how cruel it is to haul an elephant around and keep her chained when shes not working. Urge readers not to patronize elephant rides. As long as people buy a ticket the fair will believe visitors support the rides. Finally we can help you plan a demonstration next year outside the gates. Email us at

  • Carla* says:

    Ditto Hannah!!

  • Hannah says:

    There is no contest. All the abuse is horrible and unnecessary!

  • Dianne says:

    Gosh Rene that must be incredibly frustrating. From the time my quads were born I refused to take them to circuses with animals. Our fairs here in canada don’t typically have animals other than some farm animals from what ive seen anyway. And that’s bad enough.

  • rene barrett says:

    I’ve written the Govenor of Indiana re the unhappy elephant at the Indiana State Fair…to no avail. Any suggestions?