Do you know what a bullhook is?
Bullhooks are long, metal rods with thick hooks on the end—and they're the tools that circus trainers use to beat elephants. Ringling Bros. and other circuses don't want you to know that they sink these hooks into the elephants' most sensitive body parts—like behind their ears, their trunks, and their feet―but they do. Far away from the big-top spotlight, no one hears the elephants cry out as these hooks sink into their skin. But now you know.
Could you forget being beaten? Elephants can't, either. Speak up for elephants who have had their spirits broken by printing out one of our signs below, snapping a pic, and uploading it as your photo on Facebook, MySpace, and wherever else you are online! If you don't have a printer, make your own sign.
Get creative! Remember: The goal is to have your friends check out peta2.com/neverforget and learn about the circus, so grab their attention! We'll give you 1,000 points for e-mailing us at [email protected] with a screenshot of your photo—and we'll give you 250 bonus points for adding makeup or effects to really get the point across.