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Animal Cruelty is NOT Entertainment!

Circus animals are treated terribly during their training, daily lives, and during performances. Circus animals endure the inherent cruelty of traveling 50 weeks a year, forced separation of herds and babies, being chained 20 hours a day, restrictive caging and coercive training methods. The use of electric shock, whips, chemical burning agents, and bullhooks is standard procedure. Everything natural about these species is denied them in circus life. Many animals die prematurely and violently. Initial training of these wild animals, many of them from endangered species, includes some of the most brutal acts against animals. For example, baby elephants are taken from their mothers at very young ages, chained, and beaten for days. They either die or become "trainable". Every circus that travels in Massachusetts has been repeatedly fined by the USDA for animal neglect and mistreatment. MARC regularly protests at circuses and rodeos throughout the state and works to end these practices and outlaw animal acts. Civil rights activist Dick Gregory has called the treatment of circus animals "slavery".

Rodeos: a trail of broken animals. In rodeos and bullriding competitions, the animals’ horrific injuries are often internal. Dr. C.G. Haber, a veterinarian who worked for 30 years as a meat inspector in slaughterhouses, saw scores of animals discarded from rodeos and sent to slaughter. Toughened as he was to animal suffering, the condition of animals from rodeos sickened him. He described them as “so extensively bruised that the only areas in which the skin was attached (to the flesh) were the head, neck, leg, and belly. … I have seen animals,” he said, “with six to eight ribs broken from the spine and at times, puncturing the lungs. I have seen as much as two to three gallons of free blood accumulated under the detached skin. It’s high time this cruel sport be outlawed in the United States.”

Entertainment or animal abuse? Painful electric prods, spurs, and bucking straps are used to irritate and enrage animals used in rodeos. Perhaps the most heartbreaking damage at rodeos, though, is to young calves who are mercilessly hurt for entertainment. And after their torture, these broken baby animals are dragged off to the slaughterhouse.

In zoos, “roadside attractions", petting zoos, aquariums, and water parks, animal languish in boredom, live in cramped quarters, and suffer great fear and loneliness. And they die at much earlier ages than their normal life expectancy. Further, many animals in entertainment end up in horrible research labs after they are no longer cute and cuddly. The cute, young primate you see in a TV ad will no doubt end up in some horrible lab or zoo cage. So, when you see ads that use animals, contact the station or magazine and let them know you want them to stop adding to the suffering of animals.

What you can do right NOW!

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