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Articles about circuses

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ESDAW: Circus animals. Lots of information

Photo Journal

Review of Last Chain on Billie

Book: Last Chain on Billie, by Carol Bradley

33 lions are rescued from circuses in Colombia/ Peru and airlifted to sanctuary in S.Africa. Daily Mail, 1 May 2016

AWI statement on Ringling Bros. ending elephant acts (AWI. 29 April 2016)

'Shocking hidden camera footage shows circus trainer brutally beating elephants...', Daily Mail, 20 January 2016

'US seizes elephants from owner accused of abuse', Boston.com, 19 March 2004

'Why elephants aren't made for the circus', CNN, 10 March 2015

Born Free: What’s wrong with the circus?

Criticism of Elephant Sanctuary - 1

Criticism of Elephant Sanctuary - 2 (pdf)

'Tension under the Big Top' (pdf)

Testimony from former circus worker Tom Rider (pdf)

Article by former circus worker Archele Hundley

Exposed: How Britain’s circus animals live when they are not performing for you

Testimony from former circus worker Archele Hundley (pdf)

Testimony from former circus worker Margaret Tom (pdf)

Whistleblower account

Whistleblower report

Information and videos - Click on 'Circuses' tab

Circus incidents (pdf) - 1

Circus incidents (pdf) - 2

Pictures of terrified circus monkey in China

One Green Planet: Circus report

'Danger of wild animal circus acts highlighted by damage caused by escaped elephants', ADI, 25 March 2014

ADI’s undercover investigation

'Unbearable – Hell on wheels for bears touring the U.S,' ADI. 13 September 2014

'USDA investigates death of circus lion, Washington Post, 8 August 2004

Circus cruelty: Animal performer life behind the Red Curtain

Ecology: Circus of cruelty

LCA: Animal cruelty at circuses

'Disturbing picture of 'distressed' hippos forced to perform in freezing conditions...', Daily Mail, 1 February 2014

'Circus animal cruelty: Abused for entertainment', Huffington Post, 9 August 2012

Undercover footage: North Korean circus (videos), Huffington Post, 1 June.2012

'Tyke, never forgotten'

Circus cruelty

Circus protest


SAAW: Cruelty at the circus

Essay: Three rings of cruelty

Source: 3.bp.blogspot.com/

20 Years on, Tyke’s intense, tragic story will still leave you shocked

The circus

Animal cruelty 'outrage' over 'flying hamsters at circus'

Don't circuses love their animals?

Animals in circuses and the laws governing them

'Friends in high places'. Huffington Post. 2 March 2011

The reality of circus life for animals

The circus - What's so bad about it?

"Brutality to an animal is cruelty to mankind"

Circuses: Three rings of abuse

Protecting animals used in circuses: A survey of State anti-cruelty statutes (pdf). Click 'Download Anonymously'

Five abuse cases that prove we need to ban circuses

Circus cruelty uncovered in 60 seconds

'End the circus of cruelty', LA Times, 18 December 2011

Seven videos that expose circus cruelty

Boycott the Moscow Cat Circus

The circus elephant in the room

'Anne the elephant says goodbye to the circus', Guardian, 7 April 2011

'Circus accused of mistreating elephant', Guardian, 27 March 2011

Release of Anne the elephant, Daily Mail, 4 April 2011

'So what happened to Anne the elephant?', Independent, 1 December 2012

BBC: Anne the elephant circus abuse: Bobby Roberts guilty

'The town that hanged an elephant: A chilling photo and a macabre story...', Daily Mail, 15 February 2014

Circus condemned

Baby elephants' circus misery

Circuses: No fun for animals

Brief summary of animals in circuses and the laws governing them


Elephant league

Death list 1994-2005

Cruelty at the circus

Circus misery on trial

Ring of cruelty II (pdf)

'Circus company stirs controversy on animal cruelty with ‘human chandelier’ accident, Travelers Today, 11 May 2014

'Elephant abuse circus owner found guilty', Sky News, 23 November 2012

'Time to end the circus of cruelty and outlaw exotic animals: opinion ', Daily Advertiser, 3 September 2015

HSUS: Circus myths

A picture’s worth a thousand words

Enjoy the circus? The animals don't

Circus animal cruelty

PETA site about the circus

Source: dingo.care2.com

'Shocked audience watches what really happens to circus elephants', The Dodo, 17 February 2015

'New footage shows miserable elephants losing their minds', The Dodo, 27 March 2015

PETA info sheet (pdf)

Tools of the circus trade

About the bullhook

Bullhooks: Used on circus elephants

Eleven facts about circus animal abuse

LCA: Animal cruelty at circuses

RSPCA: Wild animals in circuses

BBC: Exposing circus cruelty

EAC: 14 circus animal cruelty facts

'Circus of cruelty', Daily Express, 31 March 2011

'Circus charged after elephant abuse video', News24, 16 April 2013

'India bans six circus companies for cruelty against animals', GulfNews India, 27 November 2014

Source: www.indymedia.org.uk

'Chained and beaten' circus elephant leads to charges for Peterborough couple', Huffington Post, 10 November 2011

National Council of SPCAs: Circuses

Report detailing USDA actions regarding a circus

Abuse of Britain's last circus elephant caught on camera', Daily Telegraph, 26 March 2011

'Animal rights campaigners expose circus cruelty', Daily Telegraph, 27 March 2011

ADI: Shocking new ADI cruelty exposé shames UK circus industry

Mother Jones: The cruelest show on earth (1)

    Mother Jones: The cruelest show on earth (2)

      Mother Jones: The cruelest show on earth (3)

Worldwide circus bans

ADI: Animal circuses: Evidence of suffering and abuse

Circus animals

Stop circus suffering

Circus Abuse

Should animal circuses be banned? - Facts & Infographic

'New Mexico law bans wild animals in circuses', Global Animal, 31 December 2014

'Circus faces elephant cruelty case', Independent on Sunday, 23 October 2011
Five reasons why animal circuses in the U.S. need to be banned now

Ten reasons not to attend the circus

Source: www.paws.org

Other nations

ENN: Elephants in circuses

'Activists offer evidence of massive animal cruelty to circus goers', Activist Post, 25 February 2012

'Circus animal abuse – Does it still exist?, Pet News, 7 March 2014

Circus of cruelty

Cruelty under the big top

Tyke's legacy

'Circus show goes on amid cruelty protest', The Star, 15 October 2010

Call to ban elephant cruelty probe circus from Blackburn

Stop circus suffering

'Circus animal abuse uncovered', Metro, 13 July 2007

Elephants aren’t the only victims of circus abuse

Circus animal abuse

Behind the stage

'Elephants and the circus, Counterpunch, 22 February 2008

Circus pays $15,000 to settle abuse lawsuit

'Tools of the trade'

'Stop animal circus shows, advocates tell government', NY Times, 18 November 2013

'Why the circus is saying goodbye to elephants', Time, 5 March 2015

'The saddest show on earth', The Examiner, 16 July 2012

'Ringling Bros. popularity plummets amid growing protests over animal cruelty', Culture Map, 31 December 2014

'UniverSoul circus handler charged with animal abuse after using bullhook', WTVR, 23 February 2015

'Animals in circuses: a modern-day slave trade', by Benjamin Zephaniah, Guardian, 30 November 2012

Five disgusting and depressing stories of captive animal abuse

Animal cruelty: Animal abuse facts and statistics

The greatest show on earth?

'Animal circuses are a shameful cruelty that you should avoid funding', The Journal, 9 August 2014

Ex-trainer accuses circus of elephant cruelty

Source: 3.bp.blogspot.com

Circus accused of animal cruelty pays $15,000 (€12,220) fine

HSUS: The big top (pdf)

Jordan World Circus (pdf)

Elephant incidents in the United States

'Burnt paws and broken spirits: What happens when the circus lights go out?', Huffington Post, 6 March 2015

PETA: Circuses

Circus reveals more about human animal than circus animal

Sara Gruen’s book, Water for Elephants

HSUS: Circuses

HSUS: Animal incidents at the circus (pdf)

Sample letter to newspapers about circuses

Wild animals under the circus big top: Amusement or abusement?

After abuse in a Peruvian circus, a bear awaits a new home ', NPR, 27 March 2015

Elephant runs amok

'Bald, elderly bear who suffered years of abuse at a circus finally gets a new home', Yahoo, 8 September 2015

Circuses - Citations (and other problems)

Animal-free circuses (pdf)

Circus information for educators

Circus inspection information

Elephants: broken spirits

Want a lifetime pass to abuse animals? Get a USDA exhibitor’s license

As articles report, bull hooks are used on elephants and used for various purposes, e.g., grabbing the animal by the ear or using on the skin. Despite the appearance that an elephant's skin has, it is in fact sensitive, i.e,
'On vulnerable spots like the trunk embouchure, legs and back, skin can in fact be 2.5 to 3 cms thick, but behind the ears, by the eye, on the abdomen, chest and shoulders it is as thin as paper...The elephant´s skin is, despite of its thickness, a very sensititve system and has a rich nerve providing. An elephant notices every fly landing on him'.
Source: 'The skin of the elephant'