I occasionally get email from Peta, and typically ignore them...their fear tactics bother me a lot of times & I feel that they may not present both sides of any story to the public, but today, I have to share. I was sent this email:
I know how upset this image of elephant abuse must make you, but we must not look away. The suffering of animals in circuses is covered up and ignored.
Frisco, the man we caught on tape, learned his barbaric training methods from his father, who was himself a former trainer for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Ringling has long been an unrepentant abuser of animals.
For the last two years, PETA's circus monitors tracked the circus at every stop. Day and night, they kept their cameras rolling. It was difficult and sometimes dangerous work. Our staffers were threatened and even attacked by Ringling employees, but we continued our work to protect these exploited animals. And we're showing the video footage shot by our monitors to officials of businesses and major cities like Chicago. We're showing them what Ringling doesn't want ticket buyers, corporate partners, and government authorities to see.
I've cropped the email to take out the donation requests....more so it focuses on the cruelty these wonderful animals have to endure on a daily basis.
Here I am at work, and for some reason I decided to watch the video. I ran into the bathroom crying. I just could not take the horrible cruelty that I was witnessing. It is appaling. It hurts me as a human to see how we as a human race.....treat these wonderful Elephants, and this extends to all circus animals.
I have never taken my daughter to a circus, because of these very issues, animal abuse, putting them in danger, cruelty, etc. There is no reason for me to make my daughter think that it is natural for animals to behave in this way. Animals belong in their natural habitat, not performing in front of people getting zapped with a cattle prod. You may have thought it was just a stick they bump them with.....not so....that is a cattle prod.
Please watch the video & please, please avoid going to circus's that use animals for entertainment. This issue is very close to my heart.
Now, in most areas, is circus time....please don't go.