Melha Shrine Circus Chairman Puts Profits Above Cruelty as Allen Zippen is Determined to Bring the Hamid “Rent an Elephant” Elephants Back to Perform in Their Big Top Acts
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Melha Shrine Circus Chairman Puts Profits Above Cruelty as Allen Zippen is Determined to Bring the Hamid “Rent an Elephant” Elephants Back to Perform in Their Big Top Acts

Never mind that the Melha Shrine Circus made a promise to permanently end the archaic practice of including performing wild animals, (oxymoron, much?) especially elephants, in their Big Top acts. Never mind that an unknowing (to the training methods performing elephants must endure, with baby elephants being the most traumatized) but cash-generating, public fails to attend an elephant-less circus … Continue reading

Last Chain on Billie : How One Extraordinary Elephant Escaped the Big Top by Carol Bradley : Review Part 3
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Last Chain on Billie : How One Extraordinary Elephant Escaped the Big Top by Carol Bradley : Review Part 3

More Lessons Learned From Last Chain on Billie – Learn what Sammy Haddock, a former Ringling Bros. elephant trainer, had to say about the abuse of their circus elephants (& he was once fully engaged in that abuse). This is particularly poignant & heartbreaking: “He saw elephants being beaten who had no idea why they … Continue reading

Last Chain on Billie : How One Extraordinary Elephant Escaped the Big Top by Carol Bradley : Review Part 1
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Last Chain on Billie : How One Extraordinary Elephant Escaped the Big Top by Carol Bradley : Review Part 1

When elephant trainer Buckles Woodcock was first sent by John Cuneo Jr. (who later established the Hawthorn Corporation, the equivalent of an elephant’s worst nightmare) to judge the viability of a young elephant named Popsicle for the rigorous life of a circus elephant he sent word that she looked like an elephant he would be … Continue reading

How a New Zealand Boy of 9, Now a Young Man, Was Determined to Rescue Thailand’s Tortured Elephants : Jack Lanting Continues His  “Personal Crusade” of Saving Elephants  “If You Can Dream It You Can Achieve It”
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How a New Zealand Boy of 9, Now a Young Man, Was Determined to Rescue Thailand’s Tortured Elephants : Jack Lanting Continues His “Personal Crusade” of Saving Elephants “If You Can Dream It You Can Achieve It”

It all started with a letter from a boy of 9 to a wildlife photographer in an appeal to “raise money for the elephant I am going to save”. For some children that may have been a daunting task. But for the likes of a Te Awamutu New Zealand boy anything was possible if you set your … Continue reading

Ringling Promises to End Elephant Circus Acts By 2018
We're Over the Big Top or When Will a Performing / Circus Elephant Become a Thing of the Past

Ringling Promises to End Elephant Circus Acts By 2018

If promises made this year come to fruition by 2018 “the show” will soon go on without our elephants as Ringling Brothers’ most popular iconic attraction. This has been a long time coming as performing elephants have been in servitude to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus for just over 145 years. Over … Continue reading

Entertaining Elephants by Susan Nance, the Review & How Does Carol the Elephant’s Story Relate? Part 2
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Entertaining Elephants by Susan Nance, the Review & How Does Carol the Elephant’s Story Relate? Part 2

Part 2:  Entertaining Elephants: The Review  “In 1796, an elephant came to the United States.” From his first “scheme” to capitalize on these animals (the purveyor of pachyderms, Captain Jacob Crowninshield, readily admitted to these shenanigans) Americans were introduced to something they knew little of, namely, the elephant. It is from this humble existence that … Continue reading