Animals in the Circus Hit, Bullied, Chained, and Deprived

Animals in the Circus Hit, Bullied, Chained, and Deprived


In 2015, an eyewitness visited Suzhou, China, home to more than 300 circuses to go inside 10 different circuses and animal training facilities. What they documented there was horrifying. This PETA Asia investigation shows the abuse that animals endure in circus training. Trainers force bear cubs to stand on their hind legs by chaining them upright by their necks. The cubs learn that no matter how difficult it is to remain upright, if they try to go back down on all fours, they will choke or hang themselves. Using violence and intimidation, trainers force bear cubs to balance on seesaws, jump over objects, or walk on their hands The bears were kept in cramped, dirty, barren cages. They cried and pawed at the bars, desperate to get out. Monkeys were also kept in tiny cages and chained by the neck. They paced and thrashed, showing intense distress. Monkeys, like this one the eyewitness named Xiaohua, frantically tried to escape from trainers who dragged them by the neck and forced them to do tricks. Lions and tigers in the circus learned from a young age to fear humans. The big cats, who spent most of their time in cramped metal cages and concrete cells … … were beaten and threatened with heavy poles and whips during training so that they would do tricks like jumping through hoops and balancing on balls This cruelty is not unique to China. There are animals being trained around the world to do some of the tricks you’ve seen in this video. The only way to get wild animals to do meaningless, unnatural, and even frightening tricks like these is by hurting them and threatening them with even more pain. You can help stop such cruelty. Please, never go to a circus that uses animals, tell others why, and show them this video. Go to PETA.org to learn more. Thank you.

Dereck Turner

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