My name is CircusesHurtAnimals.com."
you ever forget that name? Formerly known as Dan Carron, PETA Foundation staffer CircusesHurtAnimals.com
is using that simple introduction to draw awareness to the circus's routine animal abuse. Now that his driver's license is officially changed, CircusesHurtAnimals.com
only has to say his name to educate everyone he meets about animals forced to
perform silly circus tricks.
first boycotted the circus because of the unnatural and cramped conditions in
which animals were kept. Circuses constantly travel
cross-country for shows—some for 11 months of the year—and confine elephants,
big cats, bears, and primates to filthy boxcars or trucks, without access to
basic necessities, in all weather extremes.
But it wasn't until
CircusesHurtAnimals.com attended a circus elephant walk—during which circus
staff parade ailing,
arthritic elephants on hard asphalt city streets—that he learned the extent to which animals suffer
for "entertainment." He observed "how
comfortable the trainers were using bullhooks"—steel-hooked tools used to punish and control elephants—"even
with people watching." Photos provided by a former elephant trainer
and video footage provided by PETA's undercover investigations show that when people aren't
watching, trainers use ropes, electric prods, and whips to force baby and elderly elephants to perform unnatural tricks. Watch the video below to see for yourself.
and help stop circus abuse. Not ready to change your name? No problem! Check out these other suggestions:
Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights? Read more.