Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Is it the happiest show on Earth? Maybe it is for consumers who pay to be entertained. However, it is not a happy place for the elephants. An investigation completed in 2009, found that the eleven elephants were abused with bull hooks, according to PETA. The information obtained in this investigation has a video along with an article. Please watch video.
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According to an Elephant Fact Sheet, which is found along with court documents for a trial against the circus for abuse to animals. The ruling was found to be in favor of Ringling Bros, due to the fact that one of the witnesses was found to not be credible. Feld Entertainment, Inc. claims that the elephants are well cared for by veterinary staff and all of their needs are provided for.
After researching the material for and against the treatment of animals in circuses, its clear animals should not be mistreated in any way. There is always a humane way to teach animals how to perform in front of an audience, which will be discussed in Part-2 of this series. What are your thoughts?