Haikus for Circus Elephants
From BornFreeUsa.org

No escape the chain,
The bullhook degradation.
Slavery again.

— Janet W., Sacramento, CA

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Gentle Giant stands,
Enduring torturous pain,
Longing to be Free.

— Stella P., Brooklyn, NY

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majestic creature
caged and abused for profit
sad society

— Joni P., Gibson City, IL

And to our runners-up:

Noble elephant
Performing ignoble tricks.
A shame of mankind.

— Mary R., Talent, OR

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Elephants suffer
It is called "entertainment"
Not for Elephants

— Matt D., Tulsa, OK

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Beaten, scared, in pain
He parades his grand entrance.
How can you applaud?

— Stella P., Brooklyn, NY

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Ringling ding-a-lings:
Don't you know your circus stinks?
Let the creatures go.

— Janet W., Sacramento, CA

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One day they will scream
And we will hear their terror
And the world wakes up

— Fala G., Montgomery, AL

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But they beat them, Dad!
(Pink elephant in the room.)
Eat your popcorn, son.

— Janet W., Sacramento, CA

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Massive bulk captive
Strains against the cold steel chain
Her large mind rebels

— Philip R., Cloverdale, CA

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Soft, sweet summer breeze
Not felt in tents or cages
Never sensed again

— Carole S., Rock Creek, OH

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How sad they must be
Homesick for African veldt
Smash the tents and flee

— Mike G., Port Saint Lucie, FL

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Chains, bullhooks and prods,
Whippings, beatings, shocking pain.
Fun at the circus?

— Stella P., Brooklyn, NY


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