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Traveling circuses (such as Ringling Brothers) routinely abuse elephants with sharp, metal bullhooks to train circus elephants into performing frivolous "entertainment" for humans
30 July 2008

Former Ringling Bros. employees Archele Hundley, Margaret Tom and Robert Tom Jr. witnessed elephant cruelty before leaving the circus. Margaret Tom’s husband, Robert Tom Jr., reported that elephants are hit with bullhooks daily. He described an elephant who bled from the back and screamed in pain from a beating that lasted approximately 30 minutes. The trainer exerted so much energy that “he would periodically sit in a chair to take a break, then return to the elephant and start hooking again.”

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