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15 October 2011

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Ringling's Baby Elephants Tied Up and Electro-Shocked by Trainers

Never-before-seen photos reveal how Ringling Bros. circus trainers cruelly force baby elephants to learn tricks, and it's not through a reward system, as they claim. Explore the photos that will make parents think twice about taking their child to the circus.

You may have wondered how Ringling Bros. gets 8,000-pound elephants to perform tricks like sitting up and even standing on their heads, but now you know. Ringling breaks the spirit of elephants when they're vulnerable babies who should still be with their mothers. Unsuspecting parents planning a family trip to the circus don't know about the violent training sessions with ropes, bullhooks, and electric shock prods that elephants endure.

Every year, moms and dads take their kids to Ringling Bros. circus for a little "family fun," but what they don't know is how baby elephants are cruelly tied up and electro-shocked in order to force them to learn how to perform tricks. Parents never see what goes on behind the scenes at Ringling's breeding center, where frightened and still-nursing baby elephants are captured rodeo-style, tethered neck-to-neck with an "anchor elephant," and dragged away from their mothers. Moms and dads are oblivious to the year-long intense and violent training sessions that last for several hours a day. They never hear the screams and cries or see the futile and frantic struggling as baby elephants are wrestled, stretched out, slammed to the ground, gouged with bullhooks, and shocked with electric prods.
source: PETA

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