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PETA Protesters Appear at Circus

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals claim all circus tigers and elephants are unhappy, no matter the conditions.

About 10 protesters were outside the Kelly Miller Circus in Penacook on July 4, protesting the treatment of circus animals.

Barbara Bonsignore and Carol Woods stood on Fisherville Road holding signs and waving to patrons of the circus and people traveling on one of Concord’s main thoroughfares, attempting to educate others about conditions that they believe are deplorable inside America’s circus business.

“If these animals perform out of love, then why do you have to have bull hooks and whips?,” asked Bonsignore of Concord. “They always have them because they don’t perform out of love.”

Bonsignore explained that despite claims by circus owners that they treat their animals humanely, most don’t. As well, in order to get into a state where they can perform tricks, the animals must have their wills and spirits broken. In the case of elephants and tigers, they are very “dominant animals,” according to Bonsignore. In order to perform the tricks, the animals have to be unnaturally contained and tamed.

“They take baby elephants and they pull them end-to-end, until they are totally stretched out,” she said, “and then, they beat the hell out of them.”

Bonsignore said trainers use electric shocks on the elephants and then chain them down until they become docile. She said that elephants have higher family hierarches and need to be around their own family members in order to live happily. Bonsignore also claimed that elephants develop foot ailments from walking on tar and concrete surfaces. They are also chained at night in order to keep them in place, she said.

“People will say that they’re fed,” Bonsignore said. “Sure they’re fed … but it’s like putting you in a closet. I feed you, I clothe you, but I isolate you from your family and that’s your whole life.”

Both Bonsignore and Woods commended wildlife animal reserves and parks where children and families could see the animals in as close to a natural habitat as possible. There are now performing animal welfare societies set up in different parts of the country, Bonsignore said, to take the former performing animals in.

“If kids want to see animals, they can see them having a normal life,” Woods said. 

etbmfa July 05, 2011 at 05:59 PM
7 Things You Didn't Know About PETA 1) According to government documents, PETA employees have killed more than 19,200 dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens since 1998. This behavior continues despite PETA’s moralizing about the “unethical” treatment of animals by farmers, scientists, restaurant owners, circuses, hunters, fishermen, zookeepers, and countless other Americans. PETA puts to death over 90 percent of the animals it accepts from members of the public who expect the group to make a reasonable attempt to find them adoptive homes. PETA holds absolutely no open-adoption shelter hours at its Norfolk, VA headquarters, choosing instead to spend part of its $32 million annual income on a contract with a crematory service to periodically empty hundreds of animal bodies from its large walk-in freezer. www.naiaonline.org www.humanewatch.com www.animalscam.com
Ellie July 05, 2011 at 08:50 PM
Did you realize that over 8 million dogs and cats are euthanized every year in the US because of irresponsible humans who will not spay and neuter their animals and you are upset that PETA has humanely euthanized animals that could not be placed in a loving home? The American Veterinary Medical Association has recently taken a firm stand about all the videos of farm animal abuse that keep coming out. http://www.avma.org/issues/animal_welfare/abuse_of_calves_letter.asp You don’t have to be a member of any group to recognize animal abuse when you see it. Just look at these pictures of Ringling using torture techniques to train their baby elephants. http://www.ringlingbeatsanimals.com/bound-babies.asp
Jan Dykema July 05, 2011 at 10:56 PM
Ellie.. you are totally wrong.. about 4 million animals die in shelters.. many of them are non owned feral cats. ( PETA like to kill those too) If you call killing animals in a filthy van after lying and saying you would give them a good home.. then dumping their lifeless bodies in a dumpster "humane" then you should send PETA money so they can continue to kill healthy animals. PETA does not TRY to place aniamls.. they just kill them.. Friends Don't let Friends Donate to PETA

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