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Elephants in circuses are transported around the country in filthy, stifling trailers and boxcars.
Circus trainers use a barbaric device called a bullhook on elephants. Bullhooks resemble a fireplace poker and cause pain, suffering, and injuries.
Elephants used in circuses are kept in leg shackles that allow them to take only a single step forward or backward.
Elephants used in the circus are beaten, shocked, and whipped—over and over again—in order to make them perform tricks that are often painful and confusing to them.
Ricardo, an 8-month-old baby elephant, was euthanized after he fell off a circus pedestal and fractured his legs at Ringling's training compound.
Elephants do not perform grueling circus tricks unless they're forced to—often through the use of beatings and domination.
Constant confinement leads to unnatural behavior in elephants, such as head-bobbing and swaying, and causes deadly foot problems.
The Animal Welfare Act does not prohibit the use of bullhooks, whips, electric shock prods, or other devices that are commonly used by circus trainers on elephants.
Elephants engage in greeting ceremonies when a friend who has been away for some time returns to the group.
Elephant calves often suck their trunks for comfort, just as human babies suck their thumbs.
Baby elephants who lose their mothers have nightmares at night and wake up screaming.
Elephants experience joy, happiness, and sorrow, just as humans do. They even mourn the loss of other elephants.
The maximum life span of an elephant in the wild is approximately 70 years. Captive elephants die far sooner than their wild counterparts, often before their 40th birthday.
"No amount of entertainment is worth allowing the torture of other living beings. We will never attend another Ringling Bros. show."—Shanna Moakler
"Elephants need many acres to roam and suffer a great deal when chained or kept in cramped spaces for extended periods."—Pink
"You read about a lot of elephants going berserk in the circus, and it's obvious why they go berserk. It's because they're fricking tortured every day. I saw it myself."—Steve-O, who was once a circus clown
"Elephants, as far as I know, don't naturally ride on trains. I'm pretty sure the train was a man-made system, so I don't think elephants like trains. I think generally they prefer dirt … walking."—Alex Gaskarth, All Time Low