Why Care About Animals
Needs of Captive Animals
Lucy the Elephant
Boycott & Ban Animal Circuses
Animal circuses are a topic very close to our hearts here at FOCA. Use a search
engine to look up "circus cruelty" and you will see endless evidence of the
violence inflicted on animals while they are chained or caged, and completely
defenseless. Surely we should ask ourselves why modern, progressive
societies tolerate this violence against defenseless animals?
4 Reasons to Avoid Animal Circuses
1. Wild Animals are not suited for life in a circus.
The tricks that animals are forced to perform are frightening, unnatural, and even
painful. The industry claims that it only trains animals to do the types of tricks they
might naturally perform in their native habitat, but elephants in the wild don't eagerly
stand on their heads and tigers don't naturally jump through hoops. Additionally,
animals in circuses spend about 11 months of the year traveling. For thousands of
hours, over long distances, they may be chained while not performing, transported in
vehicles that lack climate control, and forced to stand or lie in their own waste. Most
wild animals are constantly on the move in their native habitats and make their own
2. Circus animals have injured and even killed during escape attempts.
Animals in circuses are forced into lives far different from the ones nature intended.
The conflict between their instincts and the harshness of captivity (including training
methods utilizing violence, fear, and intimidation, cause animals tremendous amounts
of stress. This drives the animals mad, resulting in rampages that injure and kill people.
Animals in circuses have escaped from their enclosures and freely roamed outside the
property from where they are performing. In addition to causing major property damage,
they can place local residents at risk from potential injury. Elephants in the circus may
carry tuberculosis (TB), and can infect humans with the bacterial disease. Public
records show that many circuses have a history of TB in their elephants, and that many
have used TB-positive elephants in public performances.
3. It is a myth that circuses help save endangered species such as Elephants and
Endangered animals born in circus "conservation" programs have never been released
into the wild - most become "replacement" performers. Captive breeding programs do
nothing to address the real threats endangered animals face in the wild, such as
poaching, loss of habitat, and loss of prey. Circuses' are entertainment, not education.
Watching wild animals perform unnatural tricks does not teach our children respect or
appreciation for animals, nor does it help animals in the wild. Circuses teach children
that it's acceptable to exploit and mistreat animals for amusement.
4. Use of the Bull Hook (Ankus) to Control Elephants In Circuses.
Former circus employees have reported that the bull hook is not used to ‘guide’
elephants, as circus spokespersons claim, but is used to cause pain, and to instill
fear - the sharp metal prong is used to actually pierce the skin on sensitive areas,
such as behind the ear, or it is used to beat the elephants on parts of the body where
there is little cushioning over the bone. Is an hour or two of entertainment worth
allowing animals to have metal prongs puncture sensitive areas of their body to cause
pain and fear?
It is important that we do not give up! FOCA is committed to letting people know why
they should never support a circus that uses animals. Learn more about circus