We might like to think the wild animals featured in a circus, movie, TV show or commercial are enjoying themselves. But behind the scenes, the methods used to train these animals are often abusive, and they may be chained or confined for hours on end.
No matter what kind—elephants, lions, tigers or bears—the needs of wild animals can’t be met in traveling shows. And there’s always risk: If an animal tries to escape or lash out, it can be deadly for the trainer, the audience, and the animal.
Once these animals become too dangerous or old to perform, there may be no safe refuge for them.
With so many better choices in entertainment, there's no need to use wild animals. If you see a captive animal being treated cruelly, speak up. You can also support stronger laws to protect wild animals. And use your pocketbook to advocate for alternatives such as animatronics in films and animal-free circuses.
News & Events
July 20, 2016
Gov. Gina Raimondo signed a measure into law that bans the use of bullhooks on elephants in circuses and traveling shows in Rhode Island.
June 18, 2016
The Rhode Island Senate has passed a bill which will end the use of bullhooks on elephants in travelling shows and circuses.
March 17, 2016
En un hecho dramático que abre el camino al eventual fin de la práctica de mantener orcas en cautiverio para su exhibición pública, SeaWorld anunció que suspenderá todos sus programas de cría de orcas para todas las 30 ballenas propiedad de la compañía.
February 24, 2016
Envisioning a Humane Economy: In His Forthcoming Book, HSUS President and CEO Wayne Pacelle Writes How The World Can Be Better For Animals—And Humans, Too
HSUS President and CEO Wayne Pacelle tells the story from the front lines of the animal protection movement in his new book, "The Humane Economy: How Innovators and Enlightened Consumers Are Transforming the Lives of Animals," scheduled to release in April.