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|Originally Posted: 16 January 2010|
Urge Mom Central to Steer Clear of Ringling Elephant Abuse
Tell Mom Central to stand up for mother elephants who are trapped in the circus and stripped of the ability to protect their babies. Tell the Web site to do the right thing by these babies by not renewing its partnership with the circus.
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INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS
Parenting advice Web site Mom Central is considering renewing its marketing partnership with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, a company with a long history of public deception and animal abuse. But parents who take their kids to the circus for family fun never see what goes on behind the scenes at Ringling's breeding center, where frightened and still-nursing baby elephants are captured rodeo-style 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.
It's no surprise that Ringling's glossy public relations campaigns leave out these disturbing facts:
Ringling's barbaric and violent training process goes on in secret, out of the public's view, completely unmonitored by any federal, state, or local law enforcement agency. You only need to take one look at the pictures provided to PETA by a former Ringling elephant trainer to see the terror in a baby elephant's eye as she is surrounded by handlers who slam her to the ground, and break her spirit so that she will perform under the big top.
Thank you for everything you do for animals!