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Try to imagine your whole life confined to a cage no bigger than yourself. This is where you live and this is your home forever. There is no room to move, run or play. It is like a prison. This is how many animals live. Egg laying hens are typically jammed into caged filled sheds by the hundreds of thousands. Their cages are so tiny they can’t even spread their wings. Virtually unable to move, these animals can’t perch, nest or dust bath.
Breading pigs and veal calves are stuffed into cramped individual cages barely larger than their bodies. They can’t walk or turn around.
Crated calves are tethered by the neck, and pigs in severe confinement bite the metal bars of their crates. These animals can barely move for months on end. We wouldn’t force our pets to live in filthy, cramped cages for their whole lives, and we shouldn’t force farm animals to endure such misery, either.
All animals, including those raised for food, deserve protection from this abuse. Circuses severely exploit and abuse animals and are actually able to fool people into thinking that performing animals are an acceptable form of entertainment. In fact, it is pure torture for the animals.
The acts that they are forced to perform are unnatural and demeaning. Circus animals spend most of their lives transported on trucks and most circuses travel thousands of miles every year. The only time these animals get to be outside of their cages is to rehearse or perform.
If they are lucky they get to spend time in an exercise cage. As a result of not having a lot of money, circus operations will frequently not give their animals enough water or food, clean their cages properly or give them adequate medical care. Elephants spend most of their day being chained by a front or a hind leg, barely able to move.
To make the circus animals perform their tricks, often brutal training methods are used, electric shock devices, sticks with concealed screws or spikes and severe beatings from their trainers. The major problem with zoos is that the animals are kept in enclosures that don’t allow them to live their lives in a natural way. No matter how big some zoos try to make the enclosures, no matter how many branches they put in them, no matter how beautiful they make the background paintings on the wall, they don’t compare with the natural habitat the animals were meant to be in.
Zoo animals have to spend day after day, week after week, year after year in the exact same enclosure. This makes their lives very monotonous. Elephants in the wild are used to traveling many miles a day in herds of about 10 related adults and their offspring. They are very social animals. However, in zoos elephants are usually kept in pairs or even by themselves. Their enclosures are incredibly small compared to what they are used to in the wild. The average life span of zoo elephants is about 16-18 years, while wild elephants can live 50-70 years.
Elephants do not do well in zoos at all! Selling animals is a profitable way for zoos to dispose of them. Dealers will sell them to hunting ranches, pet shops, circuses, and the exotic meat industry and research facilities. Surplus animals are also found for sale on the internet, so you don’t know where the animals will end up. Every minute of every hour, and every hour of everyday animals all over the world endure lives filled with suffering and torture. It is simply wrong to confine animals in tiny cages and enclosures for their whole lives.
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