Has anyone even seen an elephant guide, known as a bullhook? I have. This management tool is designed to be used to tap the elephant to provide guidance on what is expected. You cannot talk to an elephant as humans are not tall enough to be able to do that effectively, as you would with a horse or dog. Individuals who think the bullhook is cruel just simply do not understand its use...and the animal rights radicals are taking advantage of that lack of information.
The elephant guide is a management tool, just as a dog leash or a halter and reins on a horse. To ban the bullhook is to BAN the elephants coming to town! The trainers would have no ability to communicate with the elephants if they could not use the bullhook. That is probably exactly what the radicals want but it would deny families and children the opportunity to experience these majestic creatures. Oakland Council Members need to learn the facts, but not from animal rights radicals who want to eliminate animals in entertainment!
It's tragic that these beautiful animals must suffer for the entertainment of humans. Those who attend circuses are either ignorant of the abuse or heartless.
Ignorance feeds the narrow minded. Broaden your mind and explore beyond alll horizons. There is a brighter world out there. Knowledge and awareness is strength supreme.
We've reached a new century. If you are still going to the circus and seeing animals being paraded around like it is some "sort of achievement to be able to control the wild beast," then you are part of this problem. You should never and in no way ever take your children to a circus. It's time has come and gone. Yes, we are the dominant species, yes, we CAN take good care of animals. Let's evolve a bit and let the remaining animals live their life in the ever diminishing wild.
Human stupidity makes people think they have property rights over other species. What is the bigger brain for, anyway? This instills a doubt on the real size of a human brain. Most will not care but few that do, is all that matters.
Poor elephants, trained to entertain the lemmings of the world. Such smart, beautiful creatures, so sad.
The truth is that Ringling Bros. should have dropped elephants from its show long ago. They keep them around in the theory that they are an iconic representation of "circus" in the American mind, but they are expensive to maintain and transport and put a limit on possible venues. There was a time when seeing a real elephant in person was a fascinating thing, but not in the age of the internet and television and when almost every major city has a zoo. Elephants in sequins are an anachronism at best and it is time we realize we have outgrown them.
You're doing great, Chief....absolutely perfect. Keep posting just like you are...
But I have a bone to pick with you, Chief. Let's talk about this....
You're "this close" to spending your American Indian Evil Spirit Curses on some redneck, blind, no brained, white trash "deutche" bag fat monkey lookin' clown who kisses baby elephants' faces...but....
...you haven't bothered to put that bad boy Indian whammy on those poachers and stopped them from their brutal massacre of all your elephants?
Chief....what's the hold up? You need to get off this Ringling terrorist kick and focus...the clock is ticking on your elephants' species. You don't want anyone calling your Indian a&& a sissy, do ya? With all those powers you should have been able to put them away by now. It's not like it just started happening yesterday. Where you been, Kemo Sabe?
In your own words, Chief--well, c'mon...let's see some throttle with that flap:
"These elephants are Gods. You abuse them and I promise you, their spirits will kill you softly. If you don't wake up and protect elephants, god will publish you and your family and you will burn in hell forever. You are this close to being cursed, don't make me do that.
you are an inhuman REDNECK. , I'm sure you look like an evil fat monkey, you'll qualify in a circus. You are one blind clown.
you who have no brain. You are one white trash duetche bag, you are going to rot in hell.
STAY AWAY FROM MY ELEPHANTS and if you even think about abusing them, I WILL CURSE YOU. DO NOT WRITE AGAIN OR YOU WILL GET CURSED BY AN AMERICAN INDIAN AND EVIL SPIRITS WILL FOLLOW YOU TILL YOUR GRAVE AND BEYOND....."
Letter from a child:
This takes me back to when I was five and I went to the Cleveland Zoo for the first time. There was an elephant named Tina. Seeing Sarah down made me think of Tina screaming as she yanked on the shackle attached to one foot of her enclosure. She couldn't get it off so she kept banging the wall trying to get free. Sometimes I have nightmares of her huge foot ramming the wall with that chain around her ankle that dad just couldn't give me an explanation for. I remember then I was crying. I remember begging dad to help Tina and he couldn't but I was only 5 so I didn't know. What the zoo did to her I don't know, why she was shackeled I don't know and I've only been to the zoo once since.
I think it was '04 a circus animal went postal. Gored one trainer ON purpose twice, hurt another but purposely left him alive, rammed a car, and then was shot. I remember it was walking around in the circus circle with people on his back and he just went nuts. NO ONE had sympathy for that elephant.
In this instance we clearly see sick elephant. But when elephant goes on rampage and exacts revenge which we arrogant humans think them incapable of contemplating, guess who doesn't get the sympathy? Ain't no myth about an elephant's memory.
I wish humans that mistreat animals would get the same treatment as that of the animal that they have abused. It is a shame that the punishment for mistreating and abusing animals in this society are so relaxed and taken so lightly by so many. If you truly can tell alot about a society by how it treats it's animals, we have failed BUT WE HAVE NOT LOST. WE CAN AND WE WILL WIN THIS WAR. THE force of GOOD PEOPLE UNITED will DEFEAT IMMORAL. JUSTICE FOR ANIMALS. SPEAK UP FOR THE VOICELESS.
There are 1,000s of videos on the internet that show the abuses elephants go through daily. One that ticks me off to no end is the one you can google "Shocking circus video". The reason is this is one of the top trainers, training new trainers on how to hurt the elephants. How a grown man can stand there and do that is beyond me.
Everyone! NBC news shows, particularly the Today Show, which comes on at 7:00 am, promotes Ringling Brothers big time! Obviously Ringling Bros. is a sponsor of the Today show. NBC has even told people to get out there and view the "parade of elephants". This involves marching these poor creatures are through one of the tunnels into the city. No wonder these huge creatures sometimes, literally, flip out and go on rampages! They do not belong in circuses. PLEASE do as I have done for several years now and contact NBC and ask them to STOP using Ringling as a sponsor and to cease promoting this circus. Thank you. BOYCOTT NBC.
How sad that these people exploit animals for financial gain, but cannot provide them with adequate care. Want to protect the animals? TAKE THEM AWAY. No animal meant to live in the wild wants to be chained up around hoards of loud gawking people and have to be chained up or kept in cages. Wild animals are a beautiful thing. But how can you really be happy to see such a beautiful creature being treated like these animals? It's not worth their suffering.
Such a shame.... Elephants are Very Intelligent and Soulful creatures.... They are Very Family and Group Oriented... Humans "think" they are Smarter and Better than anything else... We are Animals Ourselves...
Because humans don't understand animals "speech"... they take that as "animals" are not as "intelligent as we".... Humans can learn A Lot from other Animals... Animals [Other than Man] use what they need for survival.... Man Kills Everything. There is enough for everyone's need on this planet, there will never be enough for anyone's greed. ANIMALS NEED PROTECTION OR THE IGNORANT MAN WILL KILL THEM ALL.
What kind of a hypocricy is this : On the one side you impose large fines for ill treatment of animals and on the other: you castrate your pets, keep wild animals in zoo, use them in your experiments, hunt them , use them for pulling carts and what not and above all rear them just for the purpose of killing them and then eating them! Not only that, you stoop to killing your own species just because the other works. BIGGEST THREAT TO HUMANITY, IGNORANCE. For evil to prevail, all you need is a small group of good people doing nothing. LETS WIN THIS BATTLE. LETS PUT AN END TO ANIMAL PERFORMANCES IN CIRCUS. LETS STOP HORSE RACING TODAY. LETS STOP RODEO NOW.
This is the saddest thing I have ever seen, the poor elephant on her side, unable to get up. What have we become as a civilization to allow all these forms of abuse to occur on our animals, children and the elderly, all three groups completely defenseless to stop it from occurring? I do believe in 'karma'...so hopefully the Universe will be just in serving out their "due"..what goes around comes around.
Shipped from city to city in small cages on trains. Forced to perform unnatural tricks. What kind of person finds enjoyment in this? The majority of RB employees work for very low wages. Alcoholism and drug abuse are rampant among the seasonal workers. I've been on the trains. I've talked to the workers. It's a scummy operation. The accusations of mistreatment are not new. This has beein going on for decades, 135 years. It's inherent to the profession as cruelty is the only way to get these animals to perform.
I'm looking forward to the day when animals are no longer used in circuses. I was taken to the circus as a young person, and I felt it was warped and sad then. One circus was enough to turn me off them for life. Even if that wonderful day arrives when no animals are used in circuses arrives, I will not visit one.
Shut down Ringling Brothers and all circuses!! They are outdated, inhumane and unnecessary. With all the forms of entertainment available to most everyone, it's just wrong to subject the creatures of this earth to the indignities they must endure to entertain people. I can't even watch the video of this elephant - the picture of her with this story is more than enough evidence to know she is being mistreated. Obviously, animals in circuses are just money-makers - how sad. Where is the compassion? May society wake up and boycott any form of animal abuse.
The time has come to stop all circuses that exploit animals of any kind. Circuses such as Ringlings belong to another era and have no place in modern society and it is indefensible that any country allow such dreadful treatment of animals. There is no way to defend exploitation of any creature for human titillation and "entertainment". Anyone who attends a circus of this type is responsible for animal abuse and YOU WILL GO TO HELL.
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