Now more than ever, you are needed to donate your old blankets, towels, and sheets to your local animal shelter. With financial cut-backs, repairs on shelters are often put off, so if it's drafty, the animals suffer. I know my shelter uses rags to stuff under doors. No kidding! Empty out those closets... this is your chance to get rid of stuff and do something useful!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Circus Cruelty

It used to be that you took your kid to the circus and you marveled at how well behaved the animals are. Now, there's tape that tells a different story. They are bound, electrocuted, barbed into doing tricks that are not natural to them. There's a lot that goes into making that elephant behave as it does when you bring your kids to the circus. Let's look at the whole story, shall we?

Here's an exerpt:

In fact, the USDA currently has open multiple investigations of potential violations of the AWA by Ringling.

At least 26 elephants, including four babies, have died since 1992, including an 8-month-old baby elephant named Riccardo who was destroyed after he fractured his hind legs when he fell from a circus pedestal. Elephants are not the only animals with Ringling to suffer tragic deaths. In 2004, a 2-year-old lion died of apparent heatstroke while the circus train crossed the Mojave Desert.

Leave elephants in India and Africa, where they belong. If you want to help them, make sure they have preserved land and ban the sale of ivory. Don't painfully bind them up till they perform tricks for you so you can make money. They banned bear baiting in India, didn't they? Why is this practice still allowed in the United States?

Here's what you can do to help.