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Washington Post, Story of Former Elephant Circus Trainer. MUST READ

Animals  (tags: elephants, beating, infants, babies, circus, AnimalCruelty, abused, death, endangered, ethics, protection, law, suffering )

- 3443 days ago -
Sammy Haddock started working with elephants when he joined the circus at 20, in 1976, a young man's dream. He walked them, groomed them, cleaned up after them. More than once, he later confessed, he beat them. Over time, his feelings about elephants g


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Echo ELES (264)
Wednesday December 16, 2009, 9:34 pm
Take action, demand justice. Perjury in trial earlier this year from this exact same man seen in the photos hot shocking the infant!


Sheila G (267)
Wednesday December 16, 2009, 10:13 pm
oh no shit and we knew horror was behind it all, if no one knows what is going on in the circus, check it out, as we have many of us said before there is one way they get animals to do those STUPID tricks to entertain STUPID people, they beat them into submission.

I want everyone to imagine their baby is raised this way, ripped from you and abused to death. Thank You to Millie for showing her husband the way, and Thank You Sammy Haddock for having the honesty in you to open your eyes and your heart.
ty Echo, painful story, ty to the Post for exposing this pain, pray for a happy ending for the future.

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Wednesday December 16, 2009, 10:19 pm
noted and signed with great thanks Echo.
Am I wrong or is that Haddock the same man who was found guilty some years ago for abusing elephants in the circus?
One more question:)
Disney was in a partnership with RB circus to breed these baby elephant. Does anybody know if Disney is still a partner? If they are they also need to hear from us.

Echo ELES (264)
Wednesday December 16, 2009, 10:23 pm
Feld owns Disney on Ice, so yes they are in bed together. :(

Darlene K (356)
Wednesday December 16, 2009, 11:48 pm
Sadly noted.., and action taken, thank you.

Kay F (550)
Thursday December 17, 2009, 12:30 am
Gladly signed, thanks Echo.

Thank You for Speaking Up for Baby Elephants!

Past Member (0)
Thursday December 17, 2009, 1:01 am
All we have to do is watch 'Earthlings' and then it becomes very clear that animals in circus are treated badly and abused. I saw how a man told a trainer; 'Beat the, I want to hear her scream.'
I can still hear this poor, wonderfull female trumpeting from agony and fear;( and I hope this man has or gets a shitty life. There are many good people but unfortenately too many of us are not more than savages with cellphones.
The use of animals in circus has to be banned and until then we must discourage people to go to a circus.

. (0)
Thursday December 17, 2009, 1:33 am
Signed,and just finished watching the photo's
I never visit a circus wich holds animals.The photos broke my heart.
Evil creatures are we
I'm glad there are some exeptions

Margaret S (53)
Thursday December 17, 2009, 2:37 am
This man could of told all years earlier,he has made a living out of this cruelty,although i'm glad he told all,hopefully put a end to elephants being in this cruel buisness.Signed.

Pam F (221)
Thursday December 17, 2009, 2:40 am
Signed and shared, thanks, Echo.
The photos are devastating - hopefully having them come put in a publication like the Post will jolt people's consciousness - and apathy!

Kanelle Charief (21)
Thursday December 17, 2009, 3:27 am
Les enfants, les parents, ne sont pas au courant de la cruauté qui se passe en coulisse, la violence, l'enfermement dans des cages, les électrochocs, et bien d'autres atrocités que l'on inflige aux animaux de cirque. Il est temps maintenant de montrer à" ciel ouvert» le comportement de ces propriétaires d'animaux et de cirque et de mettre un terme en interdisant et en fermant sans précédent ces cirques, de retirer les animaux des mains de ces gens sans scrupule. Il serait temps de créer des emplois officiels en offrant à des personnes très compétentes de visiter les cirques afin de faire un rapport auprès des organismes affectés à cette cause. Cela pourrait permettre aux associations protectrices des animaux d'intervenir au plus vite quand les animaux sont en danger. Je parle bien sûr à l'échelle internationale. Peut être que cela existe déjà.

Il y a quelques temps, j'ai été très affectée, mes larmes coulaient. Dans un petit village du Var (Midi de la France) en plein été et croyez moi dans le sud de la France l' été il fait très chaud ; même la nuit . Un petite représentation s'effectuait en plein air sur la place du village, des chanteurs amateur, quelques danseur, se produisaient sur la scène. Jusque là tout allait bien. Et puis arrive un numéro de prestidigitation (magie ) soudain , par un tour de prestidigitation, je vois dans un genre d'aquarium (vitre transparente) un gros tigre couché dans cette "cage" transparente qui était complétement fermée. Le tigre, ne pouvait en aucun cas bouger, ni se lever. Le temps passait tandis que cet homme continuait ces exploits alors que l' animal était encore dans cette bloc. Je me suis faufilée derrière la scène pour voir si l'animal était sorti de cette prison vitrée. Non! il n'était pas encore sorti. Le tigre montrait des signes d'agitation très certainement de la claustrophobie, c'est lorsque le show de ce propriétaire s'est terminé qu'ils ont daigné le faire sortir pour le rentrer dans le camion. Je n'ose imaginer combien de temps ce pauvre animal est resté enfermé dans ce bloc. A dire vrai, je ne savais pas quoi faire. Je suis rentrée chez moi, le cœur serré, la rage au ventre ne pouvant dormir car ces images hantaient mon esprit. Il aurait simplement fallut un N° de téléphone, genre SOS expliquer la situation. Aujourd'hui j'y pense encore !

Phyllis P (232)
Thursday December 17, 2009, 3:37 am
I have despised Ringling Brothers for years. Noted, signed and posted to Facebook.

Charlene S (126)
Thursday December 17, 2009, 5:48 am
The pictures of these babies being tortured made me cry. They look so sweet and helpless so we have to be the voice for them. You bet I took the action and changed the letter to Vilasack considerably and much more stern words than the pre-written message. In other words, get off your fat lazy asses and enforce the animal welfare act. What more proof do they need now?
We need to check Ringling's schedule and send these pictures to a tv station in the city they are performing in from now on!!!!!!!!!!!

Past Member (0)
Thursday December 17, 2009, 5:56 am

liz c (827)
Thursday December 17, 2009, 6:55 am
Noted, and action taken. Thank you.

Past Member (0)
Thursday December 17, 2009, 7:36 am

Mary Ann Clark (81)
Thursday December 17, 2009, 7:42 am
These circuses need to be eradicated and all their money and the executives who make money off of them be given to sanctuaries to care for these poor creatures.The owners,executives and anyone who participated or knew of these atrocities should be given lengthy prison sentences.They have comitted crimes against an entire race of Earthlings and should be tried as perpetrators of war crimes and genocide would be.

elle v (339)
Thursday December 17, 2009, 9:02 am
Noted, and action taken. Thank you.


Past Member (0)
Thursday December 17, 2009, 9:16 am
Do trainers STRETCH, STRAP, PRESS VERTEBRA ON THEIR BABIES to teach them something!
This black RB and sick audience that can enjoy torture of elephants. Recently I signed petition against RB
circus - PETA and will sign all future and spread.

. (0)
Thursday December 17, 2009, 9:47 am
Tomorrow i'm going to a demo here in the city
There's a circus that starts their shows tomorrow.
They have lots of animals. Camels,elephants,horses ect.This particular
circus (Circus Renz) is known for its agressive behaviour towards protesters.Hm,maybe it will be fun also.
I will take pics

Sheila G (267)
Thursday December 17, 2009, 12:31 pm
you go Claudia, you are outstanding, ty for what you are doing, can't wait to see the outcome of this protest!

Kari D (192)
Thursday December 17, 2009, 1:00 pm
Thank You for Speaking Up for Baby Elephants!


Alyson b (6)
Thursday December 17, 2009, 1:20 pm
i dont go to zoos because of this reason.

. (0)
Thursday December 17, 2009, 2:41 pm
Signed and signed again, Thanks Echo

Maria S (338)
Thursday December 17, 2009, 3:02 pm
TY, Echo! Message sent and shared.

Gemma H (48)
Thursday December 17, 2009, 3:03 pm
Noted & signed ~ Thanks Echo & Katrin. And special thanks to Claudia!!

Alejandra Vega (139)
Thursday December 17, 2009, 5:27 pm
TY, Echo! Signed!

Cathi Hartline (248)
Thursday December 17, 2009, 11:31 pm
thank You Echo for Your work! and thank You Katrin for passing it to me!

Sally D (91)
Friday December 18, 2009, 12:42 am


There is nothing HUMANE about separating a baby elephant away from its mother. In the wild they would stay together forever, as elephants stay in herds until they die. The barbaric cruelty has already begun, even before the training starts.

To subjugate ANY animal in this way, with the threat of pain, suffering and abuse if they do not follow orders IS CRUEL, BARBARIC AND WRONG ON EVERY LEVEL POSSIBLE. No animal should have to endure this life long prison sentence filled with fear, abuse, neglect, cruelty, pain & suffering. Enduring days chained up waiting for their next 'painful jab', 'electric shock', or being made to sit, stand and lie in positions that cause them pain & being hit repeatedly if they do not obey! There is no way anyone who has any compassion for animals would describe this as ENTERTAINMENT. It is archaic & inhumane to abuse an animal once, let alone systematically abuse them for life.

Circuses should be viewed as medieval practices that belong in the Dark Ages. Ringling's License should be revoked & their trainers should be prosecuted.

We as a world are working towards a Universal Declaration On Animal Welfare. Circuses are abusing animals for profit & the Welfare of the Animals concerned is of no consequence to them.




I will crosspost to all my friends/colleagues on Care 2, & other Animal Welfare Sites that I belong to. I will also send the link to the petition to all my personal Winmail contacts.

Past Member (0)
Friday December 18, 2009, 2:04 am
Freaking cowards have no souls, I hope he gets it in the end.I don't feel sorry for these kind of SOB Sickos.I will never see a circus,.I was unware this goes on until a few years ago..

Lilith Graves (663)
Friday December 18, 2009, 8:15 am

Past Member (0)
Friday December 18, 2009, 9:34 am

Teresa F (393)
Friday December 18, 2009, 9:53 am

Gudrun D (447)
Friday December 18, 2009, 10:23 am
This is horrid - petition signed thank you.

David K (2)
Friday December 18, 2009, 11:01 am
Noted & signed above petition

mary f (200)
Friday December 18, 2009, 11:54 am
signed this must stop

Terrie Williams (798)
Friday December 18, 2009, 4:29 pm
Signed, sadly noted and forwarded.

Gillian M (218)
Friday December 18, 2009, 4:47 pm
signed & noted.

Ekeim Teeuwisse (147)
Saturday December 19, 2009, 9:56 am
noted, signed the petition, and very curious about the outcome of claudia's protest !

Tierney G (381)
Saturday December 19, 2009, 4:20 pm
Noted and signed petition Thanks

Audra R (31)
Saturday December 19, 2009, 6:34 pm
What a terrifying experience for these baby elephants... this must stop! Signed the petition and noted the article... thank you so much for bringing this to our attention!

Sarah Lee (4)
Saturday December 19, 2009, 9:55 pm
It is wonderful to finally have concrete proof to kick-ass Ringling and we all appreciate that honesty & that bravery of Sam Haddock but since I am a realist, dead man have told his story a little too late. I am sorry to state that but during all these times, all the hope that the elephants have for us to know about their plight, was still shielded from public from all the joyful moron trainers for many years. And boy, do they enjoy smiling and laughing for that pictures. And how many elephants have been abused and actually died entertaining our silly notions of a fantastic elephant show entertainment. Now that concrete proof is "finally" out, the public will now stand together to overthrow Ringling, because if we do not do it fast, all those animals have been abused and died for absolute nothing. We have to save whatever we can for the generations that are now still living, in hope that we finally realise, all that they want is nothing else but freedom & greenery.

Brooke Boroughs (24)
Sunday December 20, 2009, 7:47 am
When it comes to atrocities like these actions taken against animals -- in the name of so-called entertainment, all I can wonder is how the heck did this perverse cruelty start? And naturally, I then wonder why it's still legal to inflict such pain. Our world is in such dire need for more people to stand tall and help end this torture.

Echo ELES (264)
Sunday December 20, 2009, 8:21 am
Sarah, yes a lot of people would agree with you, but have you interviewed a lot of former circus employees? They are all scared to death of the circus people. You should read a story on titled "The Greatest Vendetta on Earth." And also a thread in one of our groups called "testimonies from former circus employees." People like this guy are called "elephant sympathizers" in the circ. industry (you know, like Nazi-sympahtizers) and some have even mysteriously disappeared or had questionable "accidental deaths" with foul play written all over it. I imagine this guy was probably scared!

Please read: (Former circus employees speak)

and's the Greatest Vendetta on Earth

Sheila G (267)
Sunday December 20, 2009, 8:39 am
chilling testimony at that share, Echo. easy to imagine what brutal people as that could and would do to any human. we all know that people who are this vicious to animals are likewise to humans, they are mostrous in their hatred of life.

Sarah Lee (4)
Sunday December 20, 2009, 5:41 pm
Thank you Echo for your views! I appreciate it! It is hard still trying to sleep at night without looking at my furkids' eyes and asking them, what it is like for you to endure so much pain with hope that someone will love you one day. Unconditional love only walks among animals and we have to do more to end this savage entertainment! Thank you Echo for the links!

james Nordlund (411)
Sunday December 20, 2009, 8:11 pm
Have a great Holiday Season, and I hope your New Year is new, all the way through :)

everything 4 everyone, 14all41, 360/24/7/365/4ever/1 :)


Julie van Niekerk (230)
Monday December 28, 2009, 12:53 am
Any animal that are trained, will be abused one way or another. Animals should live free at all times.

Barbara K (61)
Wednesday December 30, 2009, 3:51 pm
Boycott all circuses until the trainers are doing the tricks instead of the animals.
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