Why Ringling Bros. is evil-- actually, just the circus, period.
Washington Post published a wonderful article today, bringing the Circuses' abysmal treatment of animals, particularly baby elephants, to light. I have personally boycotted all circuses (except Cirque de Soleil ;-P) on this premise. I can't watch a show, knowing how those animals are tortured, starved, abused, etc. It is based off the interviews of a man, who for 20 years, trained baby elephants for Ringling Bros. He saw horrible things, and even admitted to contributing to the torture and abuse of the babies, himself. He is bringing these practices to the public eye, as it was his animal-loving wife's dying wish.
Ringling Bros. of course, denies it all. Of course! Whatever.
I only hope that people read this article, and it encourages them to follow suit, and boycott these horrible institutions.
PETA, Ringling Bros. at odds over the treatment of baby circus elephants
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Sammy Haddock started working with elephants when he joined the circus at 20, in 1976, a young man's dream. He walked them, groomed them, cleaned up after them. More than once, he later confessed, he beat them.
Edit: Sorry everyone, for that... my lj-cut attempt didn't work, but this hopefully fixed it
Edit: I can't get the lj cut to work, so I just deleted it, and figured you could read the rest from the link. Again, sorry.
X-posted to animal_rights and my personal journal, drezdyndawll