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Abusing elephants

Published: Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

To the Editor:

I would like to share some information about the elephants at the circus. As they enter the ring with their costumes, trumpeting throughout, standing on their heads and climbing on one another for the elephant pyramid, it is an entertaining sight to see. With their performance comes a sad story to each one of these beautiful creatures.

The elephants feelings are taken away by the hands of humans. The elephant is bred and shortly after her calf is born, is taken away. The baby is tied up with heavy chains and ropes for months on end only to be released for training purposes.

Tied and chained just far away from her mom, all she can do is listen as her baby cries for her. This technique is known as breaking the baby.

The baby is forced to sit up, lay down and stand on her head or sit on a bucket by placing a bull hook under the baby’s chin. If she falls into it, she will get hurt. The electrical shocks the baby elephant endures is for no reason other than to show her who is in charge. This causes her to fear the trainer and do as she is told.

As a form of punishment, these weapons also are used on adult elephants. As they are being harmed, they cry out for help, but no one seems to hear their pleas.

Google circus elephant cruelty, elephant training or abuse circus elephants for more information.

DeAnna Chadwick

Spring Grove

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