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Circus animal abuse can be stopped if fewer people support the industry. It’s cruel how these animals are treated. Here are more facts about this which more people should know.

Number Eight: Animals Travel a Long Time

When circuses go from one location to another, they are forced to stay in a small boxcar for hours at a time. Sometimes, they will travel around 100 hours nonstop before they are, again, forced outside with chains and other harsh tools.

Number Seven: The Biggest Are The Baddest

Some of the biggest circus companies, which should be the most ethical, even the fact they are so well known, are some of the most abusive circuses. The Ringling Brothers and Cole Brothers use horrible tactics and have been continually charged.

Number Six: They Barely Rest

Not only do circus animals have to endure lots of travel in confined spaces, they also hardly ever stop doing so. For only one month of the year do the animals get to rest, and it’s still hardly restful for them.

Number Five: Circus Animal Abuse in the Form of a Drug

Many times, when the harsh tools trainers use to control the animals don’t work, they drug them so that they go along with what they’re doing to them without a fight. It’s sad but true.

Number Four: Forced Removal of Body Parts

To make the tricks more safe for the humans who work at circuses, many animals undergo forced removal of body parts. This means that lions, bears, and other animals are regularly declawed or de-toothed: a horrible experience no animal should endure.

Number Three: It’s Been Around for a Long Time

Unfortunately, circus animal abuse is no new thing. It’s been around since ancient times, particularly in the Roman Empire, and done for “entertainment” purposes as well.

Number Two: Babies Are Torn Away

Circus animals are torn away from their mothers shortly after birth in order to stop any natural behaviors. This doesn’t mean that the pain they feel from the separation is gone. This occurs in many other industries, including the dairy industry and human trafficking.

Number One: Some Good Efforts Are Being Made

Since all of the brutality has been brought to light, some companies have made good efforts. Los Angeles, for example, now bans the use of bull hooks, and some countries have banned the use of all animals, including Peru and Bolivia.

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