Stop Circus Suffering

Sadness & Madness – Elephant Suffering at the Shriner Circus in Los Angeles

Circus Gatti elephant displays stereotypical behaviour before Los Angeles performance.

Abnormal, repetitive, “stereotypic” behavior takes over – pacing up and down, weaving from side to side, head bobbing and swaying. Animal behaviorists regard these abnormal behaviors as a sign that the animal’s welfare is compromised and it is not coping with its environment. We call it circus madness.

ADI recently filmed a Circus Gatti elephant kept on the Shrine Auditorium Parking Lot prior to the recent Shrine Circus performances in Los Angeles. This footage shows the kind of stereotypic behavior described:

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  1. valerie flet · 10 April 2013 at 9:30a

    what a existence for this elephant to live this day in day out no welfare is being met.

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