Ban Animals In Circuses

Ban Animals In Circuses

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Stephanie Clarke started this petition to Ban Animal Trading and

Many animals used in circuses are bred in captivity and will spend their entire lives in close contact with humans in an unnatural, stressful environment.

Big cats learn to obey commands because they’re afraid of being whipped.

Elephants are frequently beaten with bullhooks—heavy batons with a sharp metal hook on one end—sometimes until they bleed, in order to force them to perform dangerous, uncomfortable tricks, such as standing on their head or on a small pedestal.

When not training or performing, animals are kept chained or caged, with barely enough space to take a step in any direction.

While they’re being hauled around the country from venue to venue, animals may be crammed into tractor trailers for days on end. These trucks are usually cramped, filthy, sweltering, and poorly ventilated. An elephant named Heather died from heat exhaustion in a tractor trailer.

Animals in circuses become despondent and depressed, and most develop abnormal behavior patterns, including swaying, head-bobbing, and incessant pacing. Sometimes, they even harm themselves.

They’re denied everything that gives their lives meaning, such as the opportunity to run, play, or socialize.

Remember: When you purchase a ticket to a circus that exploits animals, you’re supporting their misery. Instead, you can help these animals by planning a demonstration.

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