Not all Zoos and Circuses are happy little places where animals enjoy living. In some places, animals don’t get proper care and shelter and some are even locked up in a tiny, cramped cage.
Talent in animals is seen as wonderful, but harsh discipline is what makes them respond to their trainer. Animals don’t do it because they can, they do it because they’re afraid of getting abused.
Elephants are magnificent creatures. But, a lot of people use them for their audience. One thing that elephants are taught to do is paint. Many people see this as a natural talent, but elephants are treated harshly during their training. They are whipped, slapped, hit and cut if they do something wrong, such as not holding a paintbrush properly. This “talent” takes years for elephants to practice, and it’s not a good one. People don’t realize what actually happens behind what animals are taught.
"Performing" animals spend most of their days in boxcars, cages, or chains, in lives very different from those they would naturally live. Wild elephants, for example, live in large, social herds and walk up to 25 miles every day. Tigers, lions, and other animals found in circuses are also always on the move in their native habitats. In contrast, in the circus wild animals are confined to travel trucks or trains about 300 days of each year. To deprive these creatures their freedom to roam and to engage in other instinctual behaviors is cruel.
In 2010, a CAPS undercover investigator filmed sick animals left untreated and dead animals to rot on floors at Tweddle Farm Zoo. CAPS had to take rabbits to a vet to have infections treated and after our expose local police confiscated a monkey who had been kept alone and given cake and other junk food to eat.
Zoos cannot provide the amount of space animals have in the wild. This is particularly the case for those species who roam larger distances in their natural habitat. Tigers and lions have around 18,000 times less space in zoos than they would in the wild. Polar bears have one million times less space. A government-funded study of elephants in UK zoos found that 54% of the elephants showed stereotypies (behavioural problems) during the daytime. One elephant observed duringday and night stereotyped for 61% of a 24-hour period.Lions in zoos spend 48% of their time pacing, a recognised sign of behavioural problems. African elephants in the wild live more than three times as long as those kept in zoos. Even Asian elephants working in timber camps live longer than those born in zoos. 40% of lion cubs die before one month of age. In the wild, only 30% of cubs are thought to die before they are six months old and at least a third of those deaths are due to factors which are absent in zoos, like predation. CAPS exposed a UK zoo in 2009 that was a member of the trade body BIAZA (which supposedly upholds the highest standards) as having a breeding connection with a controversial animal circus. Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm had been breeding camels from the Great British Circus for several years and in 2009 obtained three tigers from the circus. A female tiger at the zoo had three stillborn cubs and another who died at three weeks old. The mother also died. Many zoos train animals to perform tricks as if they were in a circus. Performing sea lions, birds and elephants can be seen at many UK zoos. Some training of elephants has been done using electric goads. CAPS infiltrated a training session held at Blackpool Zoo in 1998 and filmed elephants being trained to lift their feet and head, hold sticks in their mouths and jabbed with elephant hooks in the shoulder and head. In 2010 it was revealed that an elephant at Woburn Safari Park had previously been trained using an electric goad. In 2003 the UK government gave permission for the capture of 146 penguins from a British territory in the South Atlantic (Tristan da Cunha). Those who survived the seven-day boat journey from Tristan to a wildlife dealer in South Africa were sold to zoos in Asia. In 2010, Zimbabwe planned to capture two of every mammal species found in Hwange National Park and send them to North Korean zoos. This included rhinos, lions, cheetahs, zebras and giraffes as well as two 18-month-old elephants. The plan was only stopped after international pressure by a coalition of organisations including CAPS.70% of elephants in European zoos were taken from the wild. A CAPS study of UK aquariums found that 41% of the animals on display had no signs identifying their species – the most basic of information.A US study found no compelling evidence for the claim that zoos and aquariums promote attitude change, education, or interest in conservation in visitors. The study authors urged zoos to stop citing a zoo-funded study which claimed an educational benefit from
The following pictures below in the slides are about different kinds of whales that died in Seaworld. Information on Seaworld animal abuse and sources to whale kills:http://www.seaworldofhurt.com/features/ten-things-didnt-know-seaworld/http://freedomforwhales.tumblr.com/post/108954128132/you-give-this-corporation-your-money-youre-theThis Tumblr account is about freedom for whales: http://freedomforwhales.tumblr.com/
These are some PSA’s I found regarding the social issue of animal rights. The one on the left pretty much says that young or old, every animal needs to be respected. The one on the right was shown on the PSA website we looked at, but it’s about the abuse circus animals suffer and that animals are not clowns.
The second PSA is in Portuguese, but it translate to, “The animals are not clowns.” It’s like the monkey one, but it has a lion on the poster. It’s pretty straight forward and explains about circus animal abuse in a simple but efficient way. The one on the left has a tiger tied to strings, with a caption: “The show mustn’t go on.” It explains that animals suffer in circuses and that the show musn’t go on because of how they’re treated.
The picture on the left has people protesting for animal rights. I think the most efficient way to do something about this issue are surveys and campaigns. There are a lot of campaigns online where you can donate a certain fee to stop the abuse of animals, or you could also start a campaign in your community. Researching and informing people about the issue, and letting your local news outlet know about the suffering of circus animals are all great ways.
Animal rights social issue by karen
The Rights of
A social issue - By Karen
Animals all over the world are
treated harshly, especially in
places such as circuses and
Many people see circuses and
any place that uses animals for
entertainment, amazing and a
happy place for animals. But in
fact, that’s not the case.
Cruel, not cute
For example, this is an
elephant who can
paint. Cute, right? Not
I believe that animals
deserve to live according
to their own natures
without harm, abuse and
Cruel facts about circus animals
● Tigers naturally fear fire, but they are still forced to jump through
fire hoops in some circuses, and have been burned while doing
● Trainers use whips, tight collars, muzzles, electric prods,
bullhooks and other painful tools to force animals to perform.
● Around 96% of a circus animal’s life is spent in chains or cages.
● Lack of exercise and long hours standing on hard surfaces are
major contributes to foot infections and arthritis, the leading
causes of death among elephants.
animals do not
circus life. They
are kept in
forced to take
part in the
The circus industry makes us believe that animals in the ring have been exposed
their entire lives to positive-reinforcement training methods.
What the circus industry doesn’t want people seeing, is what happens behind the
Your hour of
Although some zoos
treat animals with
respect, care and
some are the
Cruel facts about zoo animals
1. Zoo’s are a miserable place for animals
2. Zoo’s cannot provide sufficient space
3. Animal’s suffer in zoos
4. Animals die prematurely in
5. Some zoos are connected to animal circuses
6. Animals are trained to perform tricks
7. Animals are still taken from the
8. Zoos fail education
Many animals that
spend most of their
life in a zoo, develop
severe anxiety and
with health problems
if not treated well.
portrayed as a
All images from Google search on Google slides, and from links above