I have recently received a number of emails in the form below asking me to support Senate 1626 to protect circus elephants.
I do support this legislation, and I am, in fact, a cosponsor. I believe that at some point in the future, we will look back on the days when we trucked circus animals around as basically barbaric.
Please support S. 1626 to protect elephants in traveling shows and circuses.
Elephants in traveling shows are trained to perform unnatural and difficult tricks with inhumane training methods including bullhooks, which resemble fireplace pokers and are used to poke, prod, and hit elephants on their sensitive skin in order to “train” them — all for a few moments of human entertainment.
In addition, elephants in circuses spend about 11 months of the year, traveling from venue to venue. For thousands of hours, over long distances, they are chained while being transported in vehicles that lack climate control, and are often forced to stand in their own waste.