Behind the scenes, elephants are abused

I am saddened to see that the circus has come to our town and am particularly distraught about the elephants.

For elephants, the constant travel the circus demands translates into abysmal living conditions such as fetid, windowless railroad cars, and constant chaining. Behind the scenes, life worsens for the elephants as trainers commonly use weapons called bullhooks to beat elephants into submission, making them perform unnatural acts such as standing on their heads or dancing. Bullhooks are homemade tools of cruelty that are heavy and have a very sharp hook on the end. By hooking an elephant in the mouth, around the eyes or behind the ears and causing extreme pain and even drawing blood, a trainer can successfully intimidate elephants into performing.

In fact, there is so much evidence of abuse of Ringling Brother’s elephants the ASPCA has been compelled to sue the circus for violation of the Endangered Species Act. The act dictates that endangered animals (in this case Asian elephants) shall not be harmed in any way.

Every ticket sold to the circus perpetuates the abuse of animals. Let’s teach our children that elephants are magnificent beings who belong in the wild, not chained out behind the Big Top.

Monroe

Talk to us

> Give us your news tips.

> Send us a letter to the editor.

> More Herald contact information.

More in Opinion

toon
Editorial cartoons for Sunday, March 3

A sketchy look at the news of the day.… Continue reading

Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste, center, greets a new trooper during a graduation ceremony, as Gov. Jay Inslee looks on in the Rotunda at the Capitol Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, in Olympia, Wash. The class of 31 troopers completed more than 1,000 hours of training and will now work for the WSP across the state. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Editorial: Lawmakers miss good shot for fewer traffic deaths

Legislation to lower the blood alcohol limit for drivers didn’t get floor debate and vote in Senate.

Kevin Flynn, right, a meat-cutter with the Marysville Albertsons, hands a leaflet to a shopper during an informational campaign on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022. Flynn was one of about a dozen grocery store workers handing out leaflets to shoppers about the proposed merger between Albertsons and Kroger. (Mike Henneke / The Herald)
Comment: What’s next for the supermarket supermerger?

State and federal agencies have sued to block the merger of Albertsons and Kroger. Here’s what to watch for:

Focus homelessness efforts on treatment, harm reduction

I’m a social worker in Massachusetts, originally from south Everett. As the… Continue reading

Stop buying, using plastic packaging

Plastics are petrochemically based packaging materials that degrade, yielding micro fibers and… Continue reading

Eco-nomics: Preparing for, limiting climate crisis demands a plan

Fortunately, local governments are developing and updating climate action plans to outline necessary steps.

Comment: State ‘mansion tax’ would bite at all income levels

More than high-priced homes, it would increase costs for employers and multi-family housing projects.

A model of a statue of Billy Frank Jr., the Nisqually tribal fishing rights activist, is on display in the lobby of the lieutenant governor's office in the state Capitol. (Jon Bauer / The Herald.
Editorial: Two works in progress to save Columbia Basin salmon

Sculptures of an Indian fishing rights activist will guard commitments to save salmon and honor treaties.

FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2015 file photo, a tanker airplane drops fire retardant on a wildfire burning near Twisp, Wash. Three firefighters were killed battling the blaze. The story was a top Washington state news item in 2015. Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz has proposed a plan to strengthen the ways that Washington can prevent and respond to wildfires. Franz released the 10-year plan last week as part of her $55 million budget request to the Legislature to improve the state's firefighting abilities (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
Editorial: Wildfire threat calls for restoring full funding

Lawmakers should restore funding for fighting wildfires and call on one furry firefighter in particular.

Jaime Benedict, who works as a substitute teacher, waves to drivers on the corner of Mukilteo Speedway and Harbor Pointe Boulevard while holding a sign in support of the $240 million capital bond proposal for Mukilteo School District on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020 in Mukilteo, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Editorial: Bar set unfairly high for passage of school bonds

Requiring 60 percent approval denies too many students the schools and facilities they deserve.

toon
Editorial cartoons for Saturday, March 2

A sketchy look at the news of the day.… Continue reading

Forum: Separation of church and state keeps us from unholy wars

Civilizations have tried the route of state religion, only to see the rise of religious persecution.

Support local journalism

If you value local news, make a gift now to support the trusted journalism you get in The Daily Herald. Donations processed in this system are not tax deductible.