Barnum & Bailey is The Cruelest Show on Earth.
Bullhooks. Whippings. Electric shocks. Three-day train rides without breaks. Our yearlong investigation rips the big top off how Ringling Bros. treats its elephants.
Kenneth Feld has now admitted under oath that his trainers routinely "correct" elephants by hitting them with bullhooks, whipping them, and on occasion using electric prods. He even admitted to witnessing it.
On the outside chance the is person targeting me as the object of their dark, violent urges towards garden variety citizens of established society and casting me as the protagonist of their animal abuse porn fantasy du jour is somehow retrievable and educable, I'll put the frantic, maniacal hate mongering temper tantrums aside. I am unaffected by them except to acknowledge them as manifestations and confirmations of the severe lack of emotional discipline and failure to have developed coping skills that drive those suffering from one or perhaps co-morbid catastrophizing disorders. AR/AL draws them like a magnet as they desperately seek an outlet to relieve the mental discomfort of their overwhelming anxieties and exhibitionistic need for attention. Most importantly, it grants them full permission to act out with complete abandon, at least in some environments such as online, without fear of consequences. Its perverted cult-like dogma provides a default justification and sense of entitlement to unleash, often with a characteristic show of some deep sadistic pleasure, explosions of spine-quaking vengeance and G-d like mortal wrath on hapless strangers. Victims sought and cited for annihilation as ultimate punishment for their indefensible fetal failure and execrable, fatal crime of being a member of the mainstream.
Those who feel pressure to find opportunities to express their extremely distorted emotions do so in an attempt to find relief by transferring their debilitating anxieties and inner struggles onto others. However, the relief it brings is only temporary as it does nothing to change the dysfunctional mental patterns and chemical imbalances that cause it. They are not to be thought of without pity as the compulsions they reveal are often caused by their own suffering, of which many are not in control.
There appears a strong possibility identification with the AR/AL movement is inextricably related to a symptom called "terrorism catastrophizing", which tends to plague those afflicted with mental health disorders and which is defined and examined in this study. It is easy to make the bridge from acts of terrorism and real or imagined acts of mistreatment of animals. Exposure to even the suggestion of such incidents could likewise cause someone who fixates due to a pre-existing mental disorder to project themselves into the position of animals. By assigning the role of terrorist to every human involved in working with them they then can interpret every one of their interactions and motivations as related to current or future acts of mistreatment they equate to terrorism. Low self esteem and a world view that is incompatible with their culture prevents them from being able to cope with the idea that any acts of mistreatment exist in this world. Therefore they feel an uncontrollable drive to try to eliminate every possibility of it occurring. No amount of proof of any situation whatsoever where it is not occurring can be accepted. This apparently relates to the inability to control fear of one's own mortality. What's most interesting is..this is measurable through the Terrorism Catastrophizing Scale (TCS) discussed in this study.
This brings to mind how much control groups like PETA, HSUS, ASPCA, ADI, ADL, etc, can have on this vulnerable segment of the population by knowing well how to cause them to associate mistreatment of animals with acts of terror. Exploiting those with low self esteem and dysfunctional world views could be very lucrative indeed. This needs exploring and deep consideration by anyone who can recognize the connection. It seems to be blaring.
Terrorism catastrophizing as related to self-esteem and cultural worldview in a sample of outpatient adults with pre-existing mental health disorders
"The DSM-IV-TR (2000) characterizes mental health disorders by the subjective experience of significant distress and impairment in important domains of daily functioning that is ***not the expected or culturally appropriate response to a life stressor. This distress and impairment in daily functioning can be debilitating and life threatening.***
"Catastrophizing is a combination of the constructs of rumination, magnification, and helplessness as originally studied by Sullivan, Bishop, and Pivik (1995) and their work with those experiencing chronic stress and pain. Sinclair and LoCicero (2007) characterized catastrophizing as thinking the worst will occur ***despite indications to the contrary."***
"Terrorism catastrophizing is defined as a fear of future terrorism (Sinclair & LoCicero, 2007). It is a concept only recently developed and studied in response to the suggestion that people continue to fear future terrorism in spite of an across the board reduction in the rates of psychopathology to normal levels since 9-11 (Galea et al., 2003; Sinclair & LoCicero, 2006).
"Considering the pervasive and global nature of terrorism it is important to study how terrorism catastrophizing may affect different groups of people such as those possibly more vulnerable to catastrophizing than those in the general population. Sinclair and LoCicero (2007) found evidence that many Americans in the general population are affected to some degree by terrorism catastrophizing.*** The Sinclair and LoCicero study suggested that people affected by terrorism who then employ catastrophic thinking associated with fears of future terrorism are at increased risk of experiencing overall mental distress."***
****Important to this study, and a recommendation for future research by Sinclair and LoCicero, is the examination of individuals who may be more vulnerable to terrorism catastrophizing including those with pre-existing diagnosed mental health disorders. Ellick and Paradis (2004) and Freedy and Simpson (2007) found that those with pre-existing mental health disorders were at increased risk for future mental health difficulties and identified these individuals as part of a vulnerable population to future disasters including acts of terrorism. Heldring (2008) discussed psychiatric symptoms triggered by terrorism and reported that those with pre-existing psychiatric disorders were at increased risk for symptoms exacerbation associated with future terrorist attacks.****
"TMT posits that when people are reminded of their inevitable death they have their self- esteem and cultural worldview as defenses against the potential terror and anxiety induced by such reminders (Bassett, 2005)."
"Sinclair and LoCicero eventually developed, validated, psychometrically tested, and normed the Terrorism Catastrophizing Scale (TCS) to measure terrorism catastrophizing. In their research, Sinclair and LoCicero (2007) used terror management theory (TMT) and cognitive behavioral theory to understand the psychopathology related to terrorism catastrophizing."
"TMT posits that conscious thoughts of impending death, called mortality salience, becomes ever-present as terrorist events continue throughout the world thus increasing fears of death and as such mortality salience (Pyszczynski, Greenberg, & Solomon, 1999). According to Rosenblatt, Greenberg, Solomon, Pyszczynski, and Lyon (1989), two psychological variables have been documented to reduce mortality salience consisting of self-esteem and cultural worldview. Self-esteem and cultural worldview are important components of TMT..."
Ridiculous. This is more malicious, unecessary and ignorant legislation designed for a feel-good effect. Meanwhile Oakland burns. These regulations are designed not to protect animals but to target a business. The circus (YES, with animals) is a valuable cultural institution which celebrates spectacle, joy, risk, grace, and what a mystery life really is - especially the human-animal interaction. Abuse? I never saw any in my years. Has it happened? Of course! That's why we have adequate laws ON THE BOOKS!
I love the Circus! I am so sick and tired of idiots running this state into the ground. If you don't like the circus don't go I love the circus. Freedom of choice, folks. and before you ask what the animals choice is. The elephants have as much choice as your pet dog or cat. Why do they have a leash?
As always the priorities of this State are ass backwards, which might explain why it's positioned on the USA map as such. Cali is 49th in education spending, yet, spends, over 50K per prison inmate. Yet, these compromised officials want to busy themselves about the concerns of animals whose health care rivals the President's.
THE CRUELEST SHOW ON EARTH: http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2011/10/ringling-bros-elephant-abuse
Jacqueline's not from around here. Oakland's better than this.
@ Tepa Hall
To reply to your below statement. How many thousands approved slavery? Thousands upon thousands wanted slavery. What protesters are handing out is cards of humanity. Animal torture may not mean much to you because you need a heart for that. In reality, only a small portion of people are intelligent, many thousands are quite stupid. So to prove your point, thousands upon thousands who go to circus are uneducated unaware illiterate people. Yes they are stupid to go to circus. I would NEVER take my child to a circus and some morons will call this child abuse. As said earlier, there is no shortage of fools on this planet. In fact, the biggest threat to humanity is ignorance. Please don't me this ignorant. Respect all living creatures especially the beautiful and magnificent elephants. Live and let live, why would you want to approve anilam torture, for your selfish entertainment? WE DONT NEED CIRCUS WITH ANIMALS. REMOVE ANIMALS FROM CIRCUS and keep the show on. We have no problem with circuses. We have a problem with animals forced to perform tricks, beaten to death for your few hours of entertainment. How would you feel if someone beat you up, whipped you till you perform like a monkey? Would you like it? PARENTS: PLEASE DO NO SUPPORT CIRCUS WITH ANIMAL ACTS. FOR 135 years FELD ENTERTAINMENT HAS ABUSED ANIMALS, NOT ANY MORE. NOT ON OUR WATCH. WE WILL NOT TOLERATE ANIMAL ABUSE. Let this fight continue...TILL WE WIN. TRUTH WINS, ALWAYS. A day will come when animals will be free from circus and zoos. They belong in their natural habitat. Animals don't belong in zoos and all the conversation hoopla that zoos and barnum n baily publish is pure BULLSHIT. Barnum and Bailey are breeding elephants so that they have a steady supply of elephants, it is for their own selfish reason. Please don't be so naive and see through their agenda.
Below Tepa Hall wrote:
How many thousands went to the circus this year ? Last year ? The years before that ? Thousands upon thousands walked right past animal rights protesters and into the circus to see the amazing animals up close with their families. Thousands do this every year because they can see with their own eyes that what the protesters are handing out is pure propaganda. That many thousands of people from all walks of life can't be stupid.
Animals used in circuses are subjected to unnatural and extreme conditions, such as intensive confinement in small cages, prolonged travel in trucks and train cars, inhumane training, and the inability to express natural behaviors. These conditions threaten animal welfare and, due to the great stress the animals endure, present a threat to public safety.
@ Jacqueline Kensler - we need to put you in a zoo, you are a threat to public safety. CIRCUS WITH ANIMALS MUST END, PERIOD. They don't belong in a circus, if you want to become a clown (which you are anyway), please enroll yourself to the local zoo and circuses; I would like to come see how you perform. There is no shortage of michelle and melissa bachman's on this planet, your notes confirms you're one of them. STOP ABUSING ANIMALS, PERIOD.
Adios Ringling Bros , good riddance. Enough of their sad cruelty.
A society can be judged on how they treat their animals. If we allow this to go on then we are no better then a country with no education, no morals and no heart
Let’s hope we can all rally together and finally put Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey who use animals for profit out of business!
Tepa, that would be 30 Million people a year go to see one of Ringling's performances; that doesn't count all of the other circuses that travel and have elephants as well; Cole Bros, Carson & Barnes, Kelly Miller, Shriners...this is family entertainment America loves and it's quite securely entrenched; that's not going to change. But what has been and is being done to harass, torment and very often threaten the lives of circus people, lives of their families, the animals, and routinely even the lives of people who simply support them is a symbol of the horrible problem we have with adult bullying in this country and they're spreading this to the children. These Animal Rights cults openly provoke and encourage his; it's actually an element essential to their survival so they literally mentor it...all of them. The example these people set with their maniacal, unbridled, wildly irrational hatred is astonishing to decent people, and at times not just a little horrifying. Just what is seen here in the comments is an example; people with views like that shouldn't be loose and walking around, there is no telling what they are capable of doing. They openly profess their hatred for at least 99% of the entire population, if 1% even share their belief in abolitionist veganism and total Animal Liberation, which is very doubtful. But what happens when this pressure continues to build in their heads and what happens when they blow...this is something to be very concerned about. People who act out with such venom and vulgarity in public without a shred of self-respect, self-discipline or sense of common decency should be considered a threat to public safely. This behavior needs to be brought to people's attention so they can easily recognize it for what it is and it needs to be summarily rejected. No good comes of it, it's showing itself like a malignancy and beginning to degrade society.
@Tepa Hall, if you eat meat and wear leather you are not an animal lover. You have no idea what it means to love animals. If you wear leather, YOU ARE AN ANIMAL KILLER. You seriously think these animals do tricks because they are so smart? Seriously? You get amazed because you cannot see how much pain these animals go through to perform these tricks. STOP GOING TO CIRCUS and USE YOUR BRAIN for once.
How many thousands went to the circus this year ? Last year ? The years before that ? Thousands upon thousands walked right past animal rights protesters and into the circus to see the amazing animals up close with their families. Thousands do this every year because they can see with their own eyes that what the protesters are handing out is pure propaganda. That many thousands of people from all walks of life can't be stupid. They know they are seeing healthy, well cared for animals. Animals that have a relationship with their handlers. Animal rights activists have taken it upon themselves to decide that they don't approve of animals in entertainment but thousands upon thousands do approve and say it by patronizing the circus year after year. I go to the circus and am amazed by the intelligence and talent of the animals. I also eat meat, wear leather, support medical research and my local animal shelters.
Lynette Gibson McElhaney has turned out to be the biggest disappointment ever . i concur with mary eisenhart . it's disgusting that mcelhaney thinks giving free tickets to kids makes abusing animals okay
for those of you here defending the great treatment of the animals, exactly how many elephants have you ever seen willingly stay chained or in a cage? these great animals are supposed to be roaming hundreds of miles, not being caged and driven hundreds of miles
no matter anyone's claim that the treatment isn't so bad, the captivity itself is obscene
"All video rights are PETA's. This video is for educational purposes only."
omg, thank you thank you thank you. A joke that delivers its own punchline. :D
Nice language, do you kiss your family with that mouth, Marvin? Your presence won't be missed. I worked for a circus that gave tickets away in the grocery bags that went to hundreds of underprivileged families in Garden Grove. They cried with joy, these kids not only got to eat, but to go the circus!!!! OMG, only a dream come true. How could you be so uncaring, Mary. The animals are not abused and hundreds of children who never get to do anything get a chance to see a circus!!! You hating on that is almost child abuse. Not surprised that PETA backs this. People really need to so some research on that cult and see just how much they love animals. They euthanize thousands of adoptable cats and dogs a year, they spend money on defending criminals in courts of law and really they believe that we shouldn't even own pets. But, hey, if people want to believe their BS, that's on them. Freedom of choice, I just think it would be nice if circus goers had theirs.
Why are we continually fighting this. People who go on and on about the "bullhook" the guide no absolutely nothing about it. It weighs about 6oz and an elephant can weigh up to four tons. Do not these people put their dogs on leashes, same principle, it's a guide. Amazing how ignorance just breeds. Let Oakland be an idiot and let the revenue go next door to San Francisco. For as many as stupid jurisications there are about animal welfare there as just as many that aren't. The bottom line...the circus with animals is here to stay. If one town doesn't want us, there are plenty of others that do. If you think the circus is cruel and inhumane, don't go. Please don't try to shove your Animal Cult Agenda down the rest of our throats We enjoy our freedom of choice. I thought we lived in a democracy.
Now there's an interesting suggestion. Go to the zoo. I went to the zoo and son of a gun if PETA wasn't out on the sidewalk waving their vulgar signs in little children's faces and protesting them, too!
I guess if we don't live in a city where the zoo sucks up to PETA by joining them to try to destroy circuses with animals we're all out of luck because PETA will keep trying to close all of them down, too. PETA does not want any animals in human care. You could let them sleep in the bed and eat at the table and it wouldn't make one scintilla of difference. They are violently against the owning of any animals for any reason, or intervening in their lives in anyway. Oh, that would be except when they get hold of homeless pets and mercifully destroy them to save them from suffering the indignity and tortures of any future ownership.
Now let's review. PETA spends their time, energy and money trying to take wanted animals away from their caring owners. And when they do get their hands on homeless and unwanted animals, they kill them. Now anyone who considers someone with the demented belief animals are better dead than fed as an authority on welfare has got a very confused sense of reality and a highly warped set of moral values.
Give it up, you're wiggling and lying, and grasping at the same tired, deranged straws. Ringling is a fabulous, generous, valuable and treasured tradition to this country, and Mexico, too, btw, and their elephants are among the luckiest, best and most compassionately, lovely kept, treated and cared for in the world,
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