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Persuasive Essay

Animal abuse and cruelty in circuses
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Krysten Floyd

on 14 February 2011

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Animal abuse and
cruelty in circuses Before you go to any
circus, research their backround. Find out...
* Do they use animals?
* How do they treat the animals?
The best thing that you could do, is not go to the circus at all. Most people aren't aware of the abuse in circuses, so spread the word about it in your community.
These animal don't deserve to live this way, but with your help, they wont have to=) YOU CAN HELP!!!! "The animal care professionals at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® believe that a positive, healthy envirnment is the only acceptable and successful method of working with animals. The animals are fed, watered, groomed and cleaned daily. The entire stable area, including individual stalls, is cleaned regularly. The manure is removed and fresh bedding is provided.

Trainers teach animals routines that showcase their physical abilities and beauty, as well as their distinctive behaviors. Our training methods are based on reinforcement in the form of food rewards and words of praise. Verbal or physical abuse and the withholding of food or water are strictly prohibited. Drugs or sedatives are not administered unless prescribed by our vets for medical reasons" This is a quote from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus®'s webcite. It seems like a great argument explaining how they handle their animals, right? Well... BullHooks Bullhooks are rods with solid pointed ends
*specifically designed to inflict pain
*used to dominate through fear and pain
*used in training elephants
"Bullhook supporters rationalize bullhook use and claim they are like a 'leash' or that they can be used 'properly' or that it's like the extension of a keeper's 'arm' or that it's like a mother elephant's trunk..."
I want you to look at this picture, and tell me if you think that a bullhook is like an extension of a keeper's arm, or like a mother elephant's trunk.. An example of a bullhook: Now does this look anything like these? I think not.. These photographs clearly indicate the use of bullhook training. "Bears, elephants, tigers, and other animals do not voluntarily ride bicycles, stand on their heads, balance on balls, or jump through rings of fire. They don't perform these and other difficult tricks because they want to; they perform them because they're afraid of what will happen if they don't." What this quote means is that the trainers teach the animals that if they dont behave, the animal will be be punished. This leads the animals into living in fear of their trainers. In the video that I showed you earlier, trainers used bullhooks to keep the elephants from doing anything they were not suppost too.. Animals in circuses are chained up and beaten, and for what? For our entertainment? How many people in this room would like it if you were taken from your home to be beaten into doing something for someone, or something else entertainment? I know that i wouldn't.
To these animals, there is no such thing as "positive reinforcement" (as most circuses claim to use), there are only varying degrees of punishment. In order to get the animals to cooperate and to perform meaningless and physically uncomfortable tricks, trainers are forced to use whips, muzzles, bullhooks, and other painful tools. Circuses are no fun for animals As you can see in this video, all of the elephants are wearing the Ringling Bros. "The Greatest Show on Earth" logo on their forhead.
All of the trainers in this video use cruel and unnecessary behavior towards the animals (and this is just before the show starts, so you can only imagine what goes on after.) You can even see the Ringling Bros. Circus logo in the back... I want you to watch this video, and you tell me weither or not you believe that... Lets go back to the statement i showed you earlier... This photo shows that the care takers and trainers do quite the opposite.. "In the Ringling Bros. circus, elephants are beaten, hit, poked, prodded, and jabbed with sharp hooks, sometimes until bloody. Ringling breaks the spirit of elephants when they're vulnerable babies who should still be with their mothers. Unsuspecting parents planning a family trip to the circus don't know about the violent training sessions with ropes, bullhooks, and electric shock prods that elephants endure. Heartbreaking photos reveal how Ringling Bros. circus trainers cruelly force baby elephants to learn tricks, and it's not through a reward system, as they claim." quote from peta.org. This video shows just that.
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