31 Oct '11, 3pm

Is this cruelty worth the momentary thrill of seeing an elephant stand on a tiny platform?

Mother Jones has a long investigation into the treatment of elephants at Ringling Brothers. In short, the conditions they live in are beyond horrible. According to records and testimony turned up in court, trainers: beat elephants with hooks and other tools, while maintaining the animals are trained using only verbal cues and tenderly cared for rarely give the elephants the rest stops they're supposed on non-stop cross-country trips, on which they're stuffed into boxcars with piles of their own feces claim that train rides "satisfied [the elephants'] 'nomadic' urge to roam" As a result, the elephants: have herpes, like all the time have "misshapen, ulcerated, abscessed and infected" feet suffer from "rampant tuberculosis" The circus has done other creepy things, too, like: infiltrate animal rights groups in a multimillion-dollar spy operation artificially inseminate pre-pu...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/list/2011-10-31-treatment-of-circus-...

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