Further updated 19/7. New text and pictures added.
Recently, a PETA Asia eyewitness visited 10 different circus and animal-training facilities in China and documented heartbreaking conditions for animals kept as slaves in the entertainment industry. These are their faces:
Bear cubs were also tied to a hook in the ground by a short rope, making it impossible to move more than a few inches in any direction.
When not being forced to perform, big cats were confined to small cages with little space to move around in. Many were forced to wear chains around their necks.
Monkeys were kept in and chained to small, barren cages, in which they thrashed around and paced back and forth, showing signs of intense distress. They had no choice but to eat, drink, sleep, defecate, and urinate all in one small area.
This senior dog, named Laifu by the eyewitness and too old to perform, was forced to live in this cage 24 hours a day and never let out.
You’ve heard their stories. Now what will you do to stop this?
Throughout China, circuses, traveling shows, and roadside zoos force animals—including bears, monkeys, tigers, lions, dogs, and others—to perform for the public.
A PETA Asia investigator visited 10 different circuses and animal training facilities in the city of Suzhou, which alone encompasses more than 300 circuses, and documented animal abuse and suffering on a massive scale. PETA Asia’s investigator documented that bear cubs are chained or tethered to a wall and forced to stand on their hind legs, sometimes for hours. If they can’t hold themselves up, they risk choking and hanging themselves.
Bear cubs were chained to a brick wall and forced
to stand upright, putting them at risk of choking or hanging.
This bear’s snout was pierced with a metal ring, which was used to lead her around.
One monkey, named Xiaohau by the investigator, was dragged around by a rope around her neck, causing her to struggle frantically and try to escape.
Xiaohua struggled against her trainer as he tossed her around and pulled on the rope around her neck.
Any circus that uses animals inevitably subjects them to terrifying and cruel training methods as well as barren, cramped living conditions. U.S.-based circuses like Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, UniverSoul Circus, Jordan World Circus, and others continue to exploit animals. Training sessions take place behind closed doors and are not regulated by a protective entity. Jordan World Circus—one of the largest producers of Shrine Circuses in the country—even uses bears, just like the Chinese circuses that PETA Asia investigated.
Please click here to learn more about the investigation and pledge never to buy a ticket to any circus that uses animals.
Animals in Entertainment Campaigner PETA
Filed under: CAMPAIGNS - Global Animal Welfare Issues, CIRCUS, GENERAL NEWS - International / National / Regional, GLOBAL PETITIONS - Anything Animal, GLOBAL PETITIONS - Anything Animal, Anywhere !, PHOTOGRAPHS - **WARNING** (Animal Suffering), The "Serbian Animals Voice (SAV) ALLIANCE |