Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey Circus is notorious for beating their animals with bullhooks (weapons resembling fireplace pokers) to perform tricks and forcing their animals to spend up to 100 hours at a time in train box cars.
Their USDA violations are unrivaled, and a compilation of them can be viewed here: http://www.mediapeta.com/peta/pdf/ringlingfactsheet.pdf .
Baby elephant training involves four men tying ropes or chains to the elephant's feet and pulling their legs out from under them, while one or more persons hit the baby with a bullhook and an electric prod.
Elephants are chained most of their lives, only able to move feet or sometimes even inches for days, while in the wild they would walk over 40 miles in a day.
It's time to end this cruelty and stop using any and all animals from circuses.
The elephants, big cats, and other wild animals who are used in circuses often endure inhumane and abusive training and living conditions, and Ringling Bros. has been cited numerous times for such violations by the USDA. When they are not performing, circus animals also spend most of their time in extremely close confinement. In the case of Ringling, these animals are sometimes kept in train box-cars for up to 100 hours straight. Despite the fact that these animals have little legal protection at state or federal levels, Ringling paid $270,000, the largest fine in the history of the industry, in 2011 to settle a slew of violations against them.
In addition to the numerous animal welfare concerns of wild animal circuses, performing wild animals pose a real threat to public safety, precisely because they are wild and therefore unpredictable. No amount of training or affection can eliminate this danger.
With so many better choices in entertainment, including circuses such as Cirque Du Solei who perform without the use of wild animals, I urge [said radio station] to pull all advertising and support of circuses that involve wild animals and I vow to boycott [said radio station] until you do. The use of performing wild animals can desensitize individuals—especially impressionable children—to animal suffering. And it doesn't teach anything about the lives of these magnificent animals in the wild.