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
January 20, 2016
In regards to the recently introduced compromise agreement that would limit horse-drawn carriages to Central Park and create other favorable conditions for the horses, Brian Shapiro, New York state director for The Humane Society of the United States issued the following statement:
August 27, 2015
The California Assembly has passed a bill that will ban the use of elephant bullhooks in circuses and traveling shows (69-8-3) following a similar action by the Senate (29-7).
July 10, 2015
More than 40 notable figures in the entertainment industry have come out as supporters of a bill that would ban the use of bullhooks on elephants in circuses and traveling shows in California.
May 22, 2015
A bill that will prohibit the use of bullhooks on elephants in California passed the Senate 29-7.