The charges state that “Ringling Bros. engages in these unlawful activities by routinely beating elephants to ‘train’ them, ‘discipline’ them, and keep them under control” and that the elephants are chained in place for long periods of time and frequently hit with bullhooks, a wooden pole about two feet long that has a sharp metal hook at one end.
The lawsuit is bringing to light what many elephant experts and animal advocates have known for years: that these large, powerful and intelligent animals cannot be confined, subdued and forced to perform without a significant amount of physical force.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Ringling Brothers Circus Faces Lawsuit Over Elephants
Four animal welfare groups brought suit against the circus back in 2003. A decision will soon come in a DC courtroom.