Our local Phoenix news stations claim to be on our side, bringing us the truth, reporting with integrity. While the Ringling Bros. Circus is in town, each of these channels shamelessly promotes the show. Over-the-top stories glorify the practices of the circus. Special reports during midday shows and news broadcasts falsely claim that animals enjoy performing. Free tickets are even given out by some network news stations.
The truth is, these incredible animals are ripped from their parents at a very young age. They are bound and abused to break their spirits. They are trained with brutality. They travel in cramped containers in these extreme heat conditions. They do not enjoy this lifestyle, and they display this with classic swaying and other actions that demonstrate stress.
"The Cruelest Show on Earth" (Mother Jones Article - a MUST read!): http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2011/10/ringling-bros-elephant-abuse
"Whips, Lies and Videotapes" (5 min. 45 secs.): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wjb3HjAYUY&feature=related
For more information about the training of elephants (9 min. 59 secs.): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDMyEHY6ELs&feature=youtu.be
Transporting of Ringling tigers (7 min. 34 secs.): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQfnuxbOHTY&feature=fvwrel
Tell our local news stations to honor their responsibilities and tell the truth about Ringling Bros. and other circuses that exploit animals for entertainment.