If you’re like me, you just had déjà vu. ADI’s undercover footage of elephant beatings is sickeningly similar to our footage of Ringling’s elephant beatings. That’s because the routine abuse of animals in circuses is universal.
While Ringling lies through its teeth about its treatment of elephants, the Great British Circus claims to follow the “code of conduct” set forth by the European Circus Association (a mouthpiece for circuses), which states, “Training must not … cause physical injury or psychological stress” and “… our animals are treated like members of the family … just like your family pet.”
Which family? The Manson Family? In my family, we don’t twist our cat’s tail, and we don’t strike our dogs’ snouts.
In an alarming twist, Ringling Bros. plans to visit Europe. If you live across the pond, please take action so that Ringling isn’t given the chance to swap
bullhooks tricks of the trade with its British elephant-beating counterpart.
Written by Karin Bennett