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From 20 June 2009 Issue

Save Elephants from Circus Abuse, sign Petition

Baby elephants are ripped away from their mothers and forced into a life of abuse and humiliation that is reinforced with bull hooks, whips, and electric prods.

Don't allow animal abuse to continue at the circus! >> http://www.care2.com/go/z/e/AFnhq/zJdZ/Bf48 

These are the elephants forced to perform with Ringling Bros. Circus, which is scheduled to set-up at Coney Island, New York this summer. New York City officials recently announced that Taconic Investments has donated land for Ringling Bros, which should help save the suffering amusement district.

PETA has contacted the city and Taconic to inform them of Ringling's lengthy history of animal abuse, but they refuse to sacrifice this moneymaking opportunity for animal rights.

Tell New York City officials and Taconic Investments' CEO that you will not be going to Coney Island as long as it's the home of animal abusers!

Abusing circus animals for our entertainment is unnecessary and just plain wrong. Thank you for showing that you do not support this inhumane practice

Sigh Petition http://www.care2.com/go/z/e/AFnhq/zJdZ/Bf48 

Respectfully yours,
Karina M.
Care2 Petition Site Team

P.S. Every voice counts! Tell your friends and family to stand up for the circus animals too.

Care2.com, Inc.
275 Shoreline Drive, Suite 300
Redwood City, CA 94065
http://www.care2.com 


More Behind The Scenes Information part two

Behind the scenes, elephant trainer Tim Frisco instructs would-be trainers how to dominate elephants and make them perform circus tricks. “Sink that hook into ’em. When you hear that screaming, then you know you got their attention.” An elephant trumpets in agony as Frisco’s bull hook, with its sharp metal hook and spiked end, tears through her sensitive skin. Frisco, a Carson & Barnes elephant trainer, learned the trade from his father, a former trainer for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Click here to watch the video.

The fact is, animals do not naturally ride bicycles, stand on their heads, balance on balls, or jump through rings of fire. To force them to perform these confusing and physically uncomfortable tricks, trainers use whips, tight collars, muzzles, electric prods, bull hooks, and other painful tools of the trade.

We applaud trapeze artists, jugglers, clowns, tightrope walkers, and acrobats, but let’s leave animals in peace. Sweden, Austria, Costa Rica, India, Finland, and Singapore have all banned or restricted the use of animals in entertainment—it’s time for the U.S. to do the same.

http://www.circuses.com/ .


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