12 Things Ringling Doesn’t Want You to Know
If there’s one thing Ringling Bros. circus has proved over the years, it’s that it’s the cruelest show on Earth. Here are 12 things that Ringling Bros. doesn’t want you to know.
1. The circus tears babies away from their mothers.
At around 21 months old, baby elephants are dragged away from their mothers, who have to be restrained. In the wild, males stay with their mothers until they’re teenagers and female elephants stay with their mothers their entire lives.
2. “Breaking” elephants really means “breaking their spirits.”
Baby elephants are forced to stand on a concrete floor for about 23 hours a day for up to six months, unable to lie down or even turn around.
3. Trainers use bullhooks, ropes, and electric prods.
Baby elephants learn to fear bullhooks from a very young age.
4. Training goes unmonitored by any agency of any kind.
The elephants cry out, but there is no one there to help them.
5. Elephants spend most of their lives in chains.
When they aren’t performing, elephants are confined.
6. Elephants travel in boxcars like these for up to 100 hours straight.
The doors are barely bigger than they are.
7. Elephants are beaten for the slightest disobedience.
8. The wounds on this elephant are plainly visible.
Trainers usually cover them up with “Wonder Dust” so that inspectors can’t see them.
9. Ringling paid a $270,000 fine for violations of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA).
It’s the largest fine ever paid by an animal exhibitor in the history of the AWA.
10. Ringling’s abuse lasts a lifetime.
The elephant Karen was found to be crippled and arthritic by multiple elephant experts, but she is still on the road with Ringling today.
11. Protests pop up almost everywhere that Ringling goes.
Drive by almost any Ringling Bros. show, and this is what you’ll almost certainly see.
12. Even kids know about Ringling’s abuse.
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