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Circus elephants used for children’s rides go out of control

ADI has released film of elephants used for children’s rides fighting as workers try to control them with bullhooks, metal bars and stun guns.

Jordan World Circus elephants fight

Just weeks after a Bill to outlaw the use of wild animals in US circuses was introduced to Congress (Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act – H.R. 4525), ADI has released film of elephants used for children’s rides fighting as workers try to control them with bullhooks, metal bars and stun guns.

This latest video adds to the growing body of evidence on the danger of these cruel and outdated shows, where large and potentially dangerous animals are kept in collapsible, mobile and temporary facilities, in close proximity to the public.

One of the rampaging elephants featured in the video, Isa (owned by Carson & Barnes), has been reported to have escaped on more than one occasion.

In late March, three circus elephants escaped from Moolah Shrine Circus in St. Charles, Missouri. A number of cars were damaged but fortunately no one was hurt. Several people have been killed and injured by aggravated elephants in the US in the last few years.

The previously unreleased footage shows circus workers frantically trying to control the elephants as they run amok inside the UCCU Events Center at UVU Orem, Utah. Trainer Habib Omar and another elephant groom lash out at the elephants with bullhooks as they desperately try to contain them. Isa the elephant initially ignores the groom’s blows and charges into another elephant, believed to be called Bunny, easily driving the other elephant, weighing more than two tons, backwards.

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Despite this violent incident and the recent rampage in Missouri, the circus continues to give rides to children on these elephants.

Other ADI footage released of the elephants performing in Utah, New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma, shows that the animals are controlled with blows and jabs from an instrument known as a bullhook – a heavy bar with a metal hook on the end – as well as receiving electric shocks from a stun gun. Presenter Habib Omar can be seen to slip a stun gun from his pocket during performances and then give the elephants an electric shock.

ADI has sent complaints to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). OSHA recently took SeaWorld to task for a wilful violation where it “should have recognized the inherent risk of allowing trainers to interact with potentially dangerous animals. …Nonetheless, it required its employees to work…where they were subject to dangerous behavior.”

H.R. 4525, The Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act, introduced by Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA), would reform the circus industry by eliminating wild animal acts from touring shows while allowing human performances and domesticated animals like horses and dogs to continue. With just a few minutes of the average 2-hour show featuring wild animals, it is a simple matter for the circuses to re-tool and re-shape their shows.

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  1. Ria Roolker-Bruijnesteijn · 19 June 2014 at 10:01a

    geen enkel dier hoort in een circus ,het is en tegen de natuur om dieren op te sluiten wreed om dieren gevangen te houden.

  2. ELKE SCHILLINGER · 19 June 2014 at 10:01a

    tiere gehören nicht in zirkusse und zoos!!
    ist absolute tierquälerei und nicht artgerechte haltung… sperrt die betreiber ein und lasst sie angaffen und zur öffentlichen belustigung kunststückchen machen,.. wollt mal sehen, wie die sich fühlen,.. ach und nicht vergessen mund zukleben!!

  3. elena marchi · 19 June 2014 at 10:01a

    basta basta basta sfruttare degli animali ….loro hanno il diritto della liberta’!!!!

  4. Mark · 19 June 2014 at 10:01a

    This needs to stop all Elephants should be in a sanctuary now its cruel and if the people new the truth they would not go . Education need to be paramount teach children this is wrong and it may change ..

  5. Estera · 19 June 2014 at 10:01a

    Don’t take your children to the circus
    don’t show them this cruel show !!!!

  6. Gia · 19 June 2014 at 10:01a

    Sad and Disgusting To Watch These Poor Animals Being So Badly Beaten etc !!!!

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