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Who Will You Not Forget on June 24?

Written by PETA | June 21, 2010
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There’s nothing to celebrate about how elephants are treated in the circus: They are constantly beaten with sharp bullhooks, electro-shocked, whipped, and kept chained for days on end. But we can honor these beleaguered animals by speaking out and using our materials—from comic books to videos—to spread the word far and wide in order to get others to avoid circuses that use animals.

June 24 is “Remember an Elephant” Day. Tie a string around your finger and wear it all day. When people ask what the string is for, tell them about how elephant babies are taken away from their loving mothers and “broken” by being tied down by all four legs and beaten. Remind your friends, family, and coworkers that every ticket bought to a circus that uses animals perpetuates that cruelty. Show our video to someone with kids, and encourage him or her to join you in remembering elephants on this special day.

Elephants never forget, but people quickly do. Head over to Facebook to RSVP for the event, and don’t forget to check out our cool new T-shirts and other good stuff that will help you educate others all year long!

Written by Jennifer O’Connor

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  • Linda Bargiel says:

    I am sure god crys everytime he looks down and sees what his beautiful creations of animals we are didoing to them The poor sweet elephants How does the US allow this. PLEASE HELP TO FREE THEM. Put the bastards in their place and see if they like the abuse

  • Chloe says:

    I hate circuses of all kinds the kinds with animals especially. I went to a Ringling show with my parents and a friend when I was really little so I hardly remember it which in ways is both good and bad. I work at a daycare and I have told the daycare director to not allow any Ringling Bros. or Barnum and Bailey fliers to be handed out there for cheap or free child tickets. I showed her pictures of the elephants and tigers abuse and she said that’s all the evidence I need to know what’s wrong with it. But the only bad thing is that there are still parents that will take there kids no matter what and not think twice about it. This makes me sad. One of my friends who is a vegetarian like me protests in front of the circus every time it comes to Arkansas or Missouri. It’s come to Monroe Louisiana where I have some family and I have protested there. My family was proud. Even my six year old cousin knew the circuses are wrong.

  • 3westiebabies says:

    A friend of mine once told me that she and her family were going to Barnum Baily circus. I told her that she shouldn’t because of how they treat their elephants. The day after the show she came to me to announce that she didn’t see any abuse. I was speechless.

  • maureen says:

    Who will you not forget on June 24th I just found out that the circus is coming to the New Orleans arena that day and will remain there until the 27th I certainly will remember the 24th because I will not be going to the circus…….

  • Julie Barta says:

    I used to cry at the circus as a little girl although I never really understood why as my parents told me that this was normal and kids were supposed to enjoy it.

  • Lakys says:

    I will support this for sure!! Recruiting all my friends to do the same!!

  • Barb says:

    I have been to a circus before and loved it. However what I just read and watched is really upsetting to me. We need to put a STOP to this and NOW!!!! Animal cruelty like this is not acceptable! I will be wearing my string on June 24 will you???

  • kerry Person says:

    This is so sadI can’t understand why this is allowed to continue when there is proof of abuse on these poor Elephants!!! These bastards should be put in jail! We are standing here watching the abuse!! C’Mon where the hell is the justice!

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    I have a lot of anti circus material and I plan on distributing a lot of it in my neighborhood that day by putting flyers on screen doors…if there is one good thing to be said about unemployment it has given opportunities to help animals that I never had before!

  • julie says:

    Personally I have never been to a circus and my parents never encouraged me as a child. All animals should be left in the wild and not treated in such a cruel way just for our entertainment its not funny and its disgraceful the way we behave towards these beatuful animals. Let the world know what goes on behind closed door let everyone know how these baby elephants are abused and tortured its beyond belief and we are supposed to be civilised!!! I worry about the human race and what we have become this is barbaric and needs stopping immediately. Watch the video and then make your own minds up and i guess you like me will be in tears.

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