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‘Win It’ Wednesday: ‘The Cruelest Show on Earth’ T-Shirt

Written by PETA | July 29, 2009

Last summer, my friends and I screamed bloody murder on the hair-raising Cyclone at Coney Island. But it was later that my stomach really turned when I learned about the electrocution of Topsy the abused circus elephant at Coney Island back in 1903. Her public execution was punishment for killing three men (including a sadistic trainer who tried to feed her a lit cigarette).

Elephant abuse has returned to Coney Island, thanks to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. But unlike the very public atrocity of Topsy’s death, Ringling tries to keep its trainers’ actions under wraps.

Luckily, we have an easy way for you to expose Ringling’s abuse of animals. It’s our “The Cruelest Show on Earth” tee! Super-soft and stylish, it’s sure to get all your friends talking. Not only that, but we are giving three of them away for this week’s “Win It” Wednesday.

 

Ringling abuses elephants

 

How do you win? Over the years, many exploited elephants have fought back against their abusers. As I read through the list of incidents involving elephants, John Lennon’s “Instant Karma” kicks in my imaginary soundtrack.

So, which song title do you think best represents the suffering (or revenge!) of elephants who are beaten and humiliated in circuses? Tell us in the comments section below—the three most descriptive entries will win PETA’s carnie-inspired anti-circus T-shirt.

The contest ends on August 12, 2009, and we’ll choose three comments as the winners on August 14, 2009. Be sure to read our privacy policy and terms and conditions, as you’re agreeing to both by commenting. Good luck!

Written by Karin Bennett

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  • thelastman says:

    thanks for helping to care for those wonderful defenseless animals. have a blessed day.

  • pat jasmin says:

    shame what they do to the animals good thing there are people like you .

  • Vicki Andrew says:

    This song from Oliver always reminds me of how animals in and out of the circus just want our love … As long as he needs me Oh yes he does need me In spite of what you see I’m sure that he needs me. Who else would love him still When they’ve been used so ill? He knows I always will As long as he needs me.

  • djgroz says:

    Voice of the Voiceless Thanks for the chance to win a prize!

  • susan smoaks says:

    get up stand up stand up for your rights. bob marley

  • Deb K says:

    The song “You are not alone” by Michael Jackson. As long as we are alive on this earth it is our duty to protect animals and the creatures under the sea. In that way elephants and others will never be alone.

  • Benita G. says:

    It might be a little bit of a stretch but how about Forgotten by Avril Lavinge?

  • zed says:

    like donald rumsfeld these animals are standing in one place . . . put him in the circus . . . please

  • jan koontz says:

    we need more people like you

  • Sonia says:

    I think the suffering of elephants in circuses is best represented by the song “Damaged” by Plumb. These are the lyrics Dreaming comes so easily Cause it’s all that I’ve known True love is a fairytale I’m damaged so how would I know? I’m scared and I’m alone I’m shamed and I need for you to know I didn’t say all the things that I wanted to say And you can’t take back what you’ve taken away Cause I feel you I feel you near me I didn’t say all the things that I wanted to say And you can’t take back what you’ve taken away Cause I feel you I feel you near me Healing comes so painfully And it chills to the bone Won’t let anyone get close to me I’m damaged as I’m sure you know I’m scared and I’m alone I’m shamed and I need for you to know I didn’t say all the things that I wanted to say And you can’t take back what you’ve taken away Cause I feel you I feel you near me I didn’t say all the things that I wanted to say And you can’t take back what you’ve taken away Cause I feel you I feel you near me There’s only for my soul And undo this fear Forgiveness for a man Who was stronger I was just a little girl But I can’t look back I didn’t say all the things that I wanted to say And you can’t take back what you’ve taken away Cause I feel you I feel you near me I didn’t say all the things that I wanted to say And you can’t take back what you’ve taken away Cause I feel you I feel you near me Can’t go back… Can’t go back… Can’t go back… Can’t go back… I can’t go back… I can’t go back… I can’t go back.. I must go on… I must go on… I must go on… I must go on… I must go on… I must go on… I must go on…. The song is actually about a girl being abused but I think it relates so well because the elephants also never forget what has been done to them.

  • Brittany Finley says:

    Endangered species caged in fright Shot in cold blood no chance to fight. The stage is set now pay the price. An ego boost dont think twice. Technology the battles unfair You pull the hammer without a care. Squeeze the trigger that makes you man Pseudosafari the hunt is canned… The hunt is canned. chorus All are gone all but one. No contest nowhere to run. No more left only one. This is it this is the countdown to extinction. Tell the truth you wouldnt dare. The skin and trophy oh so rare. Silence speaks louder than words. Ignore the guilt and take your turn. Liars anagram is lairs Man you were never even there. Killed a few feet from the cages Point blank youre so courageous… So courageous. One hour from now Another species of life form Will disappear off the face of the planet Forever…and the rate is accelerating. Count down to extinction I Like the lyrics ALOT even though its not my type of music. Also And my favorite song that really touches me about how humans need to take care of our earth better and give animals equality is EARTH SONG MICHAEL JACKSON. Touching parts that really can relate to taking wild animals from their homes and forcing them to do unnatural things for the intertainment of children… Did you ever stop to notice All the blood we’ve shed before Did you ever stop to notice The crying Earth the weeping shores? What about elephants Have we lost their trust What about crying whales We’re ravaging the seas What about forest trails Burnt despite our pleas And onee last one is John Lennon Imagine…that really fits in theme with all of the worlds problems and controversiesright now and that song is from the prospective of someone who kind of has the us against the world mentality because most of the world is conformed and doesnt realize the needed changes and with all of PETAs hopes for changes a lot of people consider them to be extreme and un realistic or unnessisary or really just dont see the big deal because they dont put themselfs in the animals shoes and give them the respect of a human even though they are living life too.

  • Nancy Meyer says:

    I always think of Silverchair’s “Spawn Again” when I hear of animal maltreatmentabuseneglect etc. This song conveys the anger we should all feel about the horrors of circuses and the like. Death becomes clearer through bloodshot eyes As a death from old age becomes nearer Why can’t the livestock be free When trading soldiers for steak Learn to evolve with the new transition To act upon a hypocritical vision Discard the old and in with the new Discard the old and in with the fashion Learn to evolve with the new transition To act upon a hypocritical vision Learn to evolve learn to learn to evolve Who is the bad guy for iron Require mince these are the facts So eat what you murder This is animal liberation Eight billion killed for human pleasure Bring on the ape farm Demolish the monkeys Drink up drink up Look down on junkies A new hypocritical look and ambition The time has come To make the decision you… Drink up drink up look down I’ll hold it back I’ll hold it back Discard the old in with the fashion Death becomes clearer through bloodshot eyes Death becomes clearer through bloodshot eyes

  • Nicole Sexton says:

    Iha James No One’s gonna hurt you no one’s gonna hurt you not anymore ever since I’ve met you I’ve come to adore you and I know they’ve hurt you bruised and sore and I wanna love you a nightengale that longs to sleep and sound No ones gonna hurt you no ones gonna hurt you not anymore No ones gonna hurt you no ones gonna hurt you not anymore if I hold you close I will take you to a secret world where no on knows no one’s gonna hurt you not anymore ever since I’ve met you I’ve come to adore you and I know they’ve hurt you bruised and sore and I wanna love you a nightengale that longs to sleep and sound No ones gonna hurt you no ones gonna hurt you not anymore No ones gonna hurt you no ones gonna hurt you not anymore you’ve tried for so many years to runaway please don’t break my heart oh you know this is our last chance if were ever gonna make it no one’s gonna hurt you not anymore no one’s gonna hurt you I swear to god I need there is no more no one’s gonna hurt you over rocks over stones all my life spent alone

  • Caryn DeFrees says:

    “Gives You Hell” by the AllAmerican Rejects. Not only because those beautiful creatures are living in constant hell but also because I hope that the sick sadistic trainers will experience a hell of their own.

  • mary teneyck says:

    well circuses on Coney Island were the best in there days I’m told I’d not been around there ever! sign me up

  • Michelle says:

    When I read this post I was coincidentally listening to the song “Apologize” by OneRepublic. I could just imagine an elephant being held up by chains and ropes while being forced to perform tricks on its hind legs. I could almost imagine the elephant singing the song and it made me really sad I’m holding on your rope Got me ten feet off the ground I’m hearing what you say but I just can’t make a sound You tell me that you need me Then you go and cut me down but wait You tell me that you’re sorry Didn’t think I’d turn around and say It’s too late to apologize it’s too late I said it’s too late to apologize It’s too late.

  • Derek, MD says:

    The song “Nellie the Elephant” epitomizes the plight and dream of every circus elephant. Although the tone is light it is a children’s song after all and one to which my son loves to dance it still hits on the major ideas intelligent animal forced to perform slipped her shackles and was reunited with her herd in the wild. Fun song with a great anticircus message easy to initiate a talk with young kids to explain the lyrics. Nellie The Elephant by Toy Dolls To Bombay A traveling circus came They brought an intelligent elephant and Nellie was her name One dark night she slipped her iron chain and off she ran to Hindustan and was never seen again oooooooooooooooooo… Nellie the elephant packed her trunk and said goodbye to the circus off she rode with a trumpety trump trump trump trump Nellie the elephant packed her trunk and trumbled off to the jungle off she rode with a trumpety trump trump trump trump Night by night she danced to the circus band When Nellie was leading the big parade she looked so proud and grand No more tricks for Nellie to perform They taught her how to take a bow and she took the crowd by storm oooooooooooooooooo… Nellie the elephant packed her trunk and said goodbye to the circus off she rode with a trumpety trump trump trump trump Nellie the elephant packed her trunk and trumbled off to the jungle off she rode with a trumpety trump trump trump trump The head of the heard was calling far far away they meet one night in silver light on the road to Mandalay oooooooooooooooooo… Nellie the elephant packed her trunk and said goodbye to the circus off she rode with a trumpety trump trump trump trump Nellie the elephant packed her trunk and trumbled off to the jungle off she rode with a trumpety trump trump trump trump

  • Patti D says:

    Yep how fitting is the song Instant Karma?? Perfect. And yes elephants never forget.

  • David Keeble says:

    I am going to say the beautiful song yet very sad scene in Dumbo where he is seperated from his mother and she cradles him in her trunk but through the Iron bars of her carriage where she is declared “Mad”. The song “Baby Mine” is sung and evokes sadness from the viewer. The song and the scene in general represents the ignorance of man branding the mother insane when she was simply angry and desired to protect her baby in the first place. We know how babies are horrifically removed from their mothers straight from birth and this song definitely implies the tragedy of the mothers who cannot see or touch their new borns. The sadness of the scene and song itself speaks loud enough about how Elephants are isolated alone upset confused angry and most tragically abused. I think Walt Disney new exactly he was trying to say and if he was alive I believe he would of spoken out about this cruelty to the circus Elephants Especially Ringling Bro’s Barnum and Bailey’s. If he was alive I would like to believe he would of also prevented Kenneth Feld CEO of Ringling Bro’s from having anything to do with the Disney franchise after the witnessing of PETA’s undercover footage recently exposed. I believe the song should be used in one main big serious campaign effort with footage and images of the Elephants being mistreated and babies being removed from their mothers to really grab more public attention to support our efforts in ending this cruelty once and for all. So in my opinion “Baby Mine” from Walt Disney’s Dumbo. Please take the campaign idea to use the song outside circuses etc seriously. x

  • Jennifer says:

    As soon as I saw this video I posted the link on my facebook so that everyone would see it! I think this behavior is horrific as I am an animal lover. All of my 500 friends on FB viewed the video and was disgusted with what they saw!

  • Emma says:

    Love the Animals Love them All

  • emma says:

    omg ive just finished the article in the new york post and the comments i am so angry that some people who have commented on this story actually believe their ‘just elephants who are so thick skinned they carnt feel the pain of being hit’ these people are just so lame and ignorant follow the link on here for the ny post or times and read what some morons have written about ringling and peta im so angry and disgusted.

  • Jordan says:

    This song makes me think about the situation as a whole and what everyone needs to do… OPEN YOUR EYES by GoldFinger Open your eyes To the millions of lies That they tell you everyday Open your mind To the clever disguise That the advertisements say How do they know What’s good for you? Wake up wake up whoa Wake up wake up whoa A shot to the head They’re better off dead Will you wake up wake up whoa Destroy all the land And kill what you can Just to make the profits rise Sell you from birth For all that you’re worth The money spreads like lies And how do they know What’s good for you? Wake up wake up whoa Wake up wake up whoa A shot to the head They’re better off dead Will you wake up wake up whoa Don’t wanna hate you Don’t wanna blame it all on you I’m out of options If you don’t look I’ll force you to If you don’t look I’ll force you to If you don’t look.. I’ll force you to Wake up wake up whoa Wake up wake up whoa A shot to the head Just so you can be fed Will you wake up wake up whoa Open your eyes… Open your eye

  • yazeli says:

    so when i think of the unfairness of these beast that are hitting these poor defensless animals i think of the disney movie dumbo. the part that touches me the most is the part where they show how his mom was being treated.he sees this and she sing baby mine. i think that song pretty much repersents this. these poor animals have rights too. imagine you were on of those elephants would you like being hit with bullhooks or stuck in small moving cars year round. i bet not!

  • kathleen says:

    Heaven Shall Burn The Voice of the Voiceless this is a song that really talks for the animals. it lets us knoiw that not only do we have feelings but animals do to and if they could talk we would see there pain!!

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