Circuses, Zoos and Resorts Profit Shamelessly at Animals’ Expense

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Circuses, Zoos and Resorts Profit Shamelessly at Animals’ Expense

[Ed. Note: Even "enhanced" zoos, supposedly designed with "close-to-natural" habitats ARE still prisons. Our Video Library includes several videos that show clearly the pathetic lives of captive animals: Seaworld Tragedy, Ringling Bros. Abuse to Elephants, What's Wrong With Captivity.]

From BornFree USA
June 2011

Performing animals — subjected to whips and sharp bullhooks in circus training and live acts — deserve better.

Elephants, lions, tigers and other magnificent animals — even polar bears — are sentenced to lifetimes of misery just to provide a few moments of human amusement.

Marine mammals are not immune from life in unnatural incarceration. Dolphins — who should be frolicking and traveling in groups throughout wide open ocean waters — are held captive in miserable conditions in America and other countries, to serve as spectacles for tourists.

In the wild, female elephants spend their lives together in matriarchal herds — grandmothers, mothers, granddaughters — walking for miles and miles a day … together. In zoos, elephants languish, restricted to comparably miniscule environments, sometimes alone, far removed from their natural habitat and deprived of the environmental, physical and social stimulation they need. And elephants aren't the only ones — large carnivores such as African lions or tigers pace aimlessly back and forth, crippled by the boredom of unnatural captivity.

Wild animals deserve better. And the situation is not unique to America. We are pushing zoos in Toronto and Edmonton, for instance, to make the compassionate decision to move their elephants to one of the two stellar elephant sanctuaries here in America (PAWS in California or The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee). They should act now in the interest of animal welfare.

And all zoos in the United States should follow suit! Marine mammals are not immune from life in unnatural incarceration. Dolphins — who should be frolicking and traveling in groups throughout wide open ocean waters — are held captive in miserable conditions in America and other countries, to serve as spectacles for tourists. In just the past year, Born Free has rescued and is rehabilitating two dolphins who had been kept in a filthy swimming pool in Turkey. We are also working to stop the importation of dolphins into a dire, languid cement exhibit at a Las Vegas resort, where an estimated 75 percent of animals die unnaturally!

Performing animals — subjected to whips and sharp bullhooks in circus training and live acts — deserve better. Evidence shows elephants in loathsome circuses are forced to perform unnatural, demeaning tricks. They are shipped around the country, chained for hours, even days on end. It's not entertainment to compel elephants to stand on their heads or tigers to leap through rings of fire.

Elephants, lions, tigers and other magnificent animals — even polar bears — are sentenced to lifetimes of misery just to provide a few moments of human amusement. Wild animals, including threatened and endangered species, are not here to entertain us in circuses, zoos and resorts. They are not props, they are not décor, they are not ambience.

Born Free USA is working toward a day when wild animals are no longer cruelly exploited for entertainment. Please help us as we work tirelessly to Keep Wildlife in the Wild.®