Ringling Bros. Circus Abuses and Beats Baby Elephants

Ringling Bros. Circus Beating and Whipping Elephants

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Ringling Bros Circus Leafleting Schedule
San Francisco Bay Area
August - September 2015

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Your participation is needed. Please join us to educate patrons about the inherent cruelty of using animals in circuses. For more information call 650.248.4489650.248.4489.

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Ringling Bros. Circus Announced They Will No Longer Use Elephants in Their Shows Beginning in 2018.

This news shows that we are gaining momentum to help get animals out of Ringling Bros. Circus. Now, more than ever, we need to keep up the hard work.

Please Join Humanity Through Education to educate Bay Area circus patrons why Ringling Bros. Circus needs to stop (1) using all animals in its circus and (2) must send its elephants to the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee  and the Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) in California.

We are so close -- public opinion does matter!  Let's make this dream for the elephants and all the animals come true. 



In November 2011 Ringling agreed to pay a $270,000 civil penalty to the U.S. Department of Agriculture to settle claims that Ringling violated the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), the Federal law that provides protection for animals used by circuses. This was the largest civil penalty ever paid by a circus for violation of the AWA.

A lawsuit against Ringling Bros. for violating the Endangered Species Act (ESA) revealed evidence that Ringling routinely beats and severely confines elephants. Although Ringling got the case dismissed due to a technicality (the merits of the case were never ruled on), internal Ringling documents and Ringling employees' testimonies confirmed what activists have known for years:

  • All Ringling handlers strike the elephants with bullhooks (weapons resembling fireplace pokers). PETA undercover video, taken in 2009, shows Ringling employees beating, hitting and whipping elephants.
  • Elephants are chained 16 to 22.5 hours a day, often much longer when they are on the train. Video available here.
  • Baby elephants are forcibly taken from their mothers to be broken and forced to do unnatural tricks for the circus. The "breaking process" involves: 

(1) Taking baby elephants from their mothers while they are still nursing;

(2) Isolating babies from all other elephants;

(3) Tying up babies so they are severely restricted in their movement and not even able to turn around; and

(4) Hitting babies with bullhooks.  According to Ringling employee testimony, one baby elephant was tied up for four months and only untied for 40 minutes a day to be trained. A truly traumatic ordeal for little baby elephants and their mothers. In 2009 a former Ringling elephant trainer provided PETA with photos he took of the training sessions. They are viewable on video.  Video "Ringling Deprives Elephants of Life" is available here.


Ringling abuses all animals they use - additional videos are available showing how Ringling treats the tigers, horses and camels.

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