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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?

Photo of Limba by FOCA - Friends of Captive 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 choices.

   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 Tigers.
   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 instil 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 cruelty here.



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