Training Process of Young Elephants
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As former Ringling Brothers employees have described, there is a culture of abuse at the circus that includes the constant use of bull hooks and other weapons on the elephants and keeping the elephants chained for most of their lives.

During the initial days, the young elephant is dragged to the training area against its will. This often cruel and painful process is intended to “break the will” of the young elephant and gain its total submission.  This process normally takes about a week.
Afterwards, the young elephant is tied to a wooden frame or between two trees, where it can’t move, but it tries over and over again to break free from the rope. The trainer uses the tactics of fear, pain, hunger, and thirst until the elephant stops resisting and totally submits. As the elephant starts to accept its fate, the trainer will allow it to take a bath and eat.
The disturbing picture is taken by a former trainer with hiden camera which campaigners say reveal the brutal reality of how elephants are prepared for circus work.

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+2 #20 2010-04-27 07:00
Quoting marcus brumberger:
lol i don't think that thay are hurting the elephants. we train dogs not to shit in the house isn't that abuse by your definition

I think you have some serious issues if you think that's okay. A puppies mother will teach it not to defecate in the den, but a baby elephant would never be beaten starved and emotionally harmed by its mother. Elephants have close knit families the same as we do. Are you suggesting that if that was your two year old baby, you wouldn't mind if he or she was bound chained beaten starved forced to things unnatural to his her human body then left in solitary confinement only to wake up and do it all over again until death comes. I dont know why I waste my breath on people like you.
0 #19 2010-02-25 15:15
If what is being described is happening,that is horrible, but these pics do not support the words... IF the abuse is so rampant, why aren't there pics of that going on??? I'm not defending immoral or abusive behaviour, but don't parade pics in front of me that show one thing while describing behaviours that are not in evidence in the pictures... This type of publicity works more for the circus than against it because it does NOT SHOW the abuse happening...
+7 #18 2010-02-01 13:36
Quoting larrydavid:
Wow. So Cute! Great Pictures, Love Em. Elephants are so adorable.

If u loved elehants so much u would realise that these *Great Pictures* involved them being treated incredibly badly and are in fact awful pictures.....
-17 #17 2010-01-13 13:21
Wow. So Cute! Great Pictures, Love Em. Elephants are so adorable.
+3 #16 2010-01-08 20:02
The whole idea of using and torturing these elephants for "entertainment" is insane! The only thing that "justifies" it is the money that is made from the exploitation. 200+ years ago slaveholders were also profiting from innocent, captive beings! Empty the cages! We have no "right" to enslave Others for our whim or "need". It's barbaric and totally unnecessary!
+8 #15 2010-01-02 13:56
F.... Humans, soon I will Destroy all !!!!, remember my words !!!!.
-3 #14 2009-12-30 17:44
God did not intend for these massive animals to be standing on their heads with their feet in the air nor for wold animals, like lions, to be caged. if He did, He would would have left cages for them when He created them.
+13 #13 2009-12-28 23:44
Okay this is torture. They are forcing them. They're binding them with ropes so they would take the right positsion and that is wrong. Animals have rights. We are animals, so why do we get more rights then other animals? Discrimination. You can't have discrimination between men and women, blacks and white, but with animals its okay? Don't tell me they are less intelligent, so what. Some people are dummer than other too.
The whole human race is wrong. Everything is messed up. Only way to fix it is to take action. In the animal kingdom it is stronger ones survive. And that doesn't mean that humans should try to find out who is the strongest. We should work as one and get rid of all the scum, that is ruining human kind.
-30 #12 2009-12-28 19:11
i don't see anything wrong here
-27 #11 2009-12-28 18:33
lol i don't think that thay are hurting the elephants. we train dogs not to shit in the house isn't that abuse by your definition

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