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ACTION ALERT: Elephant Cruelty in the Shrine Circus !!

Animals  (tags: circus animals, shrine circus, elephants, abused, deprived of companionship, bullhooked, beaten, investigation )

- 3384 days ago -
An elephant in a Shrine Circus in Pennsylvania kicked and killed his trainer. Elephants in circuses suffer from brutal training and treatment, are forced to spend hundreds of hours in small travelling containers, and are deprived of everything


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Simone Duffin (1462)
Saturday April 10, 2010, 10:22 pm
Please voice your outrage over keeping elephants in circuses.

Here is info and graphic videos of how elephants suffer in circuses:

Here is info on the Shriner’s mission:

Contact info:

Irem Shrine, P. O. Box 307, Dallas, PA 18612.

Shriners International Headquarters, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607, email:

Email Shrine Circus:

Write your local Congressperson and ask them to support legislation that would abolish elephants in traveling shows.

gail dair (0)
Saturday April 10, 2010, 11:23 pm
noted thanks

Arthur L (11)
Sunday April 11, 2010, 10:17 am
this is sad.....:(

Past Member (0)
Sunday April 11, 2010, 10:48 am
The success of Cirque Du Soleil proves that a circus without animals can be successful. Ban all circuses featuring animals.

Alice C (1797)
Sunday April 11, 2010, 10:48 am
Thank you for this post Simone

Mike M (8)
Sunday April 11, 2010, 10:54 am
noted signed

MeowFoul B (191)
Sunday April 11, 2010, 11:05 am
At one stage in the world there were160 species of elephants now only 3 remain (fact). and this is what we do to the remaining elephatns...this is so sick. noted signed and forwared.Thanks you for bringing this to light.

MeowFoul B (191)
Sunday April 11, 2010, 11:05 am
At one stage in the world there were160 species of elephants now only 3 remain (fact). and this is what we do to the remaining elephatns...this is so sick. noted signed and forwared.Thanks you for bringing this to light.

Past Member (0)
Sunday April 11, 2010, 11:07 am
This is so tragic to me, but I just don't understand why people are so shocked that things like this happen when they take a wild animal, cage it, and make it do their will. When will we learn that we are totally destructive and bring calamity upon ourselves.

Glenda J (158)
Sunday April 11, 2010, 11:12 am
Thanks Simone

Patricia N (41)
Sunday April 11, 2010, 11:17 am
Signed and noted. I received a call last week from the Shriners asking for a donation to send children to the Circus, I told the person that I wouldn't donate because I don't like the way the animals are treated and hung up.

Diana C (27)
Sunday April 11, 2010, 11:18 am
Noted and signed.

Patricia C (96)
Sunday April 11, 2010, 12:00 pm
Thanks Simone; saved info for action.

Karen B (289)
Sunday April 11, 2010, 12:08 pm
How many times does this have to happen before mankind learns we do not control wildlfe? I have had nothing to do with the Shriners because of their use/abuse of animals. And to really show their ignorance, after one of their own is killed -- they decided "the show must go on" -- the money must come in. They had a moment of silence for the trainer! If they have so little respect for humans, it should not come as a surprise they mistreat the animals. They disgust me.

Odin Torchwood (45)
Sunday April 11, 2010, 1:15 pm
I have never liked circuses, they tend to be run by CLOWNS! Aaaarrrgh! Maybe now this has happened, Dumbo may be set free at last? Thank you Simone, noté!

Tierney G (381)
Sunday April 11, 2010, 1:16 pm
Left a comment thanks Simone

Mervi R (74)
Sunday April 11, 2010, 2:11 pm
Noted, emails sent.

linda b (186)
Sunday April 11, 2010, 2:15 pm
The sooner these horendous places are banned the better. TY Simone.

Past Member (0)
Sunday April 11, 2010, 2:50 pm

Rhonda Maness (580)
Sunday April 11, 2010, 2:55 pm
Thanks Simone

ilja c (48)
Sunday April 11, 2010, 4:07 pm
Send. Ban this jail for animal abuse!

Rajee Seetharam (138)
Sunday April 11, 2010, 4:35 pm
We're the cruel ones on the face of the earth. We'll go ahead and do anything for money!! So long as money is the material we're running after, there is no hope for values.
Sadly noted Simone. Thanks.

Eternal G (734)
Sunday April 11, 2010, 4:45 pm
Thanks, sent emails yesterday.

Sherry E (168)
Sunday April 11, 2010, 5:00 pm
I pray this cruelty stops. Thanks Simone.

Elm Morrison (357)
Sunday April 11, 2010, 5:55 pm
Sent both emails.

Tks Simone

Debbie L (180)
Sunday April 11, 2010, 6:13 pm
Noted and emails sent out. Thank you Simone

. (0)
Sunday April 11, 2010, 6:30 pm
Thanks for the info, Simone!

Here is the letter I just emailed to:,

Subject: Special request

"There is no creature among all the Beasts of the world which hath so great and ample demonstration of the power and wisedome of almighty God as the elephant."

~ Edward Topsell; The Historie of Foure-Footed Beastes, London 1658 ~


It is my opinion that elephants in circuses suffer from brutal training and treatment, are forced to spend hundreds of hours in small travelling containers, and are deprived of everything instinctual to their nature. These are only a few of my objections. I am asking that you release ALL elephants from your circus programs and make sure that they are placed into sanctuaries where they will be well-cared for as they live out the remainder of their lives. Circuses are NO place for elephants! Might I suggest that you go for the positive publicity this will bring, rather than risk a marred reputation and the speedy downfall of an animal act that is going extinct, as more and more people are recognizing animal cruelties like these and demanding that they STOP once and for all!

I write earnestly, that this letter expidites the process.

Thank you most graciously for your consideration towards this matter.


Donna B (39)
Sunday April 11, 2010, 6:48 pm
Email sent.

Linda B (71)
Sunday April 11, 2010, 7:18 pm
Email sent to the Shriners. Shame on them.

Carol L (219)
Sunday April 11, 2010, 7:28 pm
When will the circus ever learn. Stop using animals - they don't belong in them!!!!!!!!
Email sent

Aletta Kraan (146)
Sunday April 11, 2010, 8:02 pm
Elephants should live in the wild , it's a shame !!

Fenny D (3)
Sunday April 11, 2010, 8:31 pm
voted and thanks for sharing this :(

Lucky N (165)
Sunday April 11, 2010, 11:05 pm
cry for the elephants

Janet W (1)
Sunday April 11, 2010, 11:08 pm
Thanks for the info, Simone!

Here is the letter I just emailed to:,

Subject: Thoughts on the death of an elephant trainer/groomer


The death of Andrew Anderton was no accident—it was a tragedy waiting to happen. Wild animals do not belong in captivity. For humans to think they have any right to take wild animals out of their natural habitats for human amusement is a grievous error of judgment. You take them from their homes and families, deprive them of all that is meaningful in their lives, chain them, beat them, intimidate them, make them wear idiotic costumes, force them to perform, and give them demeaning names such as Dumbo. The photo accompanying the news story clearly shows the bullhook being used as a visual cue of intimidation. In addition, the elephant wears “decorated” leg irons, as a further reminder that he is enslaved. It is no wonder humans die as a result of trying to control and tame wild animals. To rule such deaths “accidental” is to perpetuate your own arrogance in refusing to acknowledge the underlying cause: wild animals do not belong in captivity. Please stop exploiting animals in your circus. Thank you for reading my letter.


Jan Weeks

Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.
—Albert Schweitzer, French philosopher, physician, and musician (Nobel 1952)

Vukan Simic (121)
Sunday April 11, 2010, 11:25 pm

Julie van Niekerk (230)
Monday April 12, 2010, 12:36 am
Sad that these huge giants dont have a choice but to endure the cruelty.

Past Member (0)
Monday April 12, 2010, 12:50 am
Noted and sign !

EcoWorrier M I A MoonWalk Again (947)
Monday April 12, 2010, 2:40 am
13,055,184 members where are these members? come one people , sign and help.

EcoWorrier M I A MoonWalk Again (947)
Monday April 12, 2010, 2:41 am
This is degrading for the animals, shame on those invovled to bring this about. these animals are magestic!

EcoWorrier M I A MoonWalk Again (947)
Monday April 12, 2010, 2:44 am
thou shall not kill, but it also means to do no harm

Michaela Kayser (35)
Monday April 12, 2010, 3:07 am
Thanks, noted and signed by the whole family.

Monday April 12, 2010, 3:23 am

Jean Lord (46)
Monday April 12, 2010, 3:31 am
The poor elephant is only reacting to the way he has been treated. He does not belong in the circus. He belongs back into nature. They are called wild animals because they belong out in the wild. Not in some stupid as a performer. And certaintly not to be abused.

Agnes H (144)
Monday April 12, 2010, 3:55 am
Notedand left a comment. it's disgusting how these animals are being treated. Circusses having animals should be banned altogether.

Maurene T (122)
Monday April 12, 2010, 4:54 am
To additionally voice my disapproval, I will not buy tickets for or in any way promote the finances of any circus.

corinne ramsden (5)
Monday April 12, 2010, 5:06 am
adults should explain to their children the cruelty of animals in circuses...

Ana F (128)
Monday April 12, 2010, 5:31 am

T Zabel (74)
Monday April 12, 2010, 5:57 am
Double standard! The Shriners help millions of children with horrific illness yet they ABUSE animals in the process That just makes my blood boil! These circuses should have been banned 30yrs ago!

Anna Woods (1)
Monday April 12, 2010, 6:32 am
This is not done an am not at all happy with the deeds done by their masters. They are cruel, i am happy and thankful for the people who actually offended them.They definitely deserves action and that too strict actions, i don't understand why do they need to do these types of deeds. I would say i don't want any entertainment for my own which is the result of so much cruelty to these animals which cant even speak for their protection.


Alicia V (181)
Monday April 12, 2010, 6:55 am
What a life!

Monday April 12, 2010, 7:30 am
signed, Personally I would pay to see humans doing these 'tricks'.

End CrueltyDeb Williams-Shepard (154)
Monday April 12, 2010, 8:35 am
It should NOT happen!

NoEmailsPls W (95)
Monday April 12, 2010, 9:19 am
Signed TY Simone

Deana P (286)
Monday April 12, 2010, 11:03 am
TY Simone. I still get dumbfounded that this stuff still goes on.

Liliana D (125)
Monday April 12, 2010, 11:08 am
Noted, thanks for the post.

wiz w (10)
Monday April 12, 2010, 12:51 pm

Gabriela G (76)
Monday April 12, 2010, 1:31 pm
This is proof positive that the cruel treatment these poor elephants and all other animals used in circuses. This poor elephant snapped and went after her torturer. I don't want to speak ill of the dead, however, this man had it coming. Score one for elephants!

Past Member (0)
Monday April 12, 2010, 1:37 pm
Boycott circuses,nothing good about it,owners need to be put in a cage and experience the same treatments as these animals...TY Simon.

Carole S (39)
Monday April 12, 2010, 4:18 pm
Thank you simone.........actions being taken.

Tabatha F (71)
Monday April 12, 2010, 4:32 pm
Please, help....let there be a voice of empathy for this cruelty

Past Member (0)
Monday April 12, 2010, 6:07 pm
Signed and noted, thanks

Kaye S (45)
Monday April 12, 2010, 10:15 pm

Leslie Y. (156)
Tuesday April 13, 2010, 1:48 am
Thanks,I hope this cruelty should be stopped.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 13, 2010, 3:30 am
When will we learn that we are totally destructive and bring calamity upon ourselves.

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Timothy S (3)
Tuesday April 13, 2010, 9:26 am
Noted! Thanks

Yulan Lawson (156)
Tuesday April 13, 2010, 12:59 pm
Noted. I signed a petition that has stopped all elephants being kept in circus', so this will happen soon. Very soon I hope.

Nancy P (67)
Tuesday April 13, 2010, 8:04 pm
Thanks Simone, with all of our help,I wish we can help those poor elephants.

Maria Eugenia Escobedo (33)
Tuesday April 13, 2010, 9:20 pm
Thanks, signed and shared

Deborah B (71)
Wednesday April 14, 2010, 12:54 am
Thank you, Simone. So many of us are distressed as here over the entire zoo/circus debacle around the world. The Ringling Brothers along with other circus groups have been targeted especially hard with organized demonstrations via the likes of PETA and IDA as nearby this past year. I live in Chicago where this horror takes place and it is so upsetting to see families enticed by television ads to take the children for a good time. I am older and will say that I grew up during the time when so sadly there was no awareness of this misfortune or animal suffering as we fight to eradicate today. I always appreciate everything that you bring to all here on Care2.

Deborah B (71)
Wednesday April 14, 2010, 12:57 am
I have sent Green Stars already to Simone this week and so I send you a million now!

sherrie e (147)
Wednesday April 14, 2010, 3:34 am

Antonio Amador (60)
Wednesday April 14, 2010, 8:55 am
Noted. Thank you

Cheree M (46)
Wednesday April 14, 2010, 3:07 pm
Noted & Email letter sent. TY Simone!!!

Adelita D (1)
Friday April 16, 2010, 2:53 pm
Animal circus must be banned

Lynne L (71)
Friday April 16, 2010, 3:12 pm
GOOD FOR THE ELEPHANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Past Member (0)
Friday April 16, 2010, 4:01 pm
Simone, thank you for the article. It is sad to say that most folks have been aware of the mistreatment of these incredibly intelligent animals for years. I have never been to a circus or show due to this fact, never taken my child to one, and always have discouraged anyone I knew from going to a show. All Circuses should absolutely be banned as Sherrie stated above. Thank you again Simone. Signed and noted. And I will email the references you gave.

No Way (0)
Friday April 16, 2010, 5:56 pm
Posted: When we know better, we do better. You know better, so it’s time for change! People are no longer willing to see animals used and abused to entertain us! Allow the elephants to go to sanctuary, where they can travel the land, roll in the mud and enjoy the rest of their years on earth. Do the right thing.

Julija M (2)
Friday April 16, 2010, 6:57 pm
will the human abuse of power ever come to an end??

Charmaine C (177)
Saturday April 17, 2010, 3:26 am
I would like to voice my outrage over all animals kept in circuses! Elephants because of their size are especially vulnerable! Retire all circus animals to a life of freedom and care, given by the very people who used, abused and made money off them for so many years! It should be the law now! Support Cirque De Soleil and other entertainment like them, where no animals are used, only people, who can make their demands themselves!

Rachel Pierce (0)
Saturday May 1, 2010, 8:52 am
Help protest the circuses in your state when possible. Some people and parents are ignorant to what really happens to circus animals and it's our duty as animal activists to take a stand and do something, not just complain about it. Create a voice for these animals that are suffering.

Cindy C (125)
Monday June 7, 2010, 9:13 am
I have signed it and I have cried yet again and why on earth do they treat them like this. Its disgusting and its just sick how they are treated.

Dana Dalle (7)
Saturday July 24, 2010, 5:22 am
not fair
is negligible the treatment of circus animals
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