28 Nov '11, 9am

"China Bans Animal Circuses; How About the Rest of the World?"

"China Bans Animal Circuses; How About the Rest of the World?"

this week—all 300 state-owned ones of them. It's a huge step for animals, considering how they're treated at circuses—and in zoos—not only in China but around the world. Here's a glimpse at what some other countries' circuses and zoos look like—it's not pretty. "In many circuses, wild and exotic animals are trained through the use of intimidation and physical abuse. Former circus employees have reported seeing animals beaten, whipped, poked with sharp objects and even burned to force them to learn their routines. Elephants who perform in circuses are often kept in chains for as long as 23 hours a day from the time they are babies." --DoSomething.org ">Suppliers of animals for circuses are also notorious, sometimes because of secret dealings with zoos. Tigers , for example, get burned jumping through flaming hoops—they naturally fear fire, and training animals to perform su...

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