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Experts agree that elephants suffer in circuses, where they are cruelly controlled with a bullhook, a steel-tipped device similar to a fireplace poker used to prod, jab and beat elephants into compliance.
A police officer arriving at the protest confiscated the bullhook Ferdin used as an object used in free speech.
The DVD shows undercover footage of elephants being beaten with bullhooks (a training tool with a sharp steel hook at its end) and zapped with electric shocked, techniques Mansourian called "standard operating procedure" for elephant trainers.
PETA claims that trainers use whips, bullhooks, and other painful tools to force animals to perform such tricks as riding bicycles, balancing on balls, and jumping through rings of fire.
The plaintiffs - including the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Animal Welfare Institute - allege trainers' use of sharp tools called bullhooks and prolonged use of chains on the Asian elephants are an egregious violation of the federal Endangered Species Act.
In their natural habitats, the same animals you see in chains, wearing costumes, riding bikes, and being beaten with whips and bullhooks in the circus would be free to walk, run and roam as they please; eat and drink whenever they feel like it; choose lifetime companions and raise their families.
Feld and the others profiting off the suffering of animals must know: Most families don't obtain their children by kidnapping them, hit them with bullhooks, chain their legs, confine them in cages for 20 hours a day, and deprive them of food and water as a training method.
I recently saw a video of elephant "training," in which the poor creatures were screaming from pain from bullhooks [a sharp tool used to train and punish elephants] and frustration at trying to understand what those terrible men were trying to make them do.
The public got a reminder this week of how animals are trained for entertainment when ADI released footage of Tai, the 45-year-old elephant actor featured in Water for Elephants, being electric shocked and hit with bullhooks during training," said ADI President, Jan Creamer.
As we've said all along, the public won't tolerate their abuse with sharp bullhooks or constant chaining.
Assemblyman Lloyd Levine wants to make sure that elephants, those majestic animals, are treated the way they should be -- enough space and no more bullhooks and chains.
The groups' lawsuit, now moving forward, charges Ringling with violating the Endangered Species Act by abusing elephants through routine circus practices (using bullhooks, chaining them for long periods, and weaning baby elephants too young).
This week, ADI released footage of Tai, the 45-year-old elephant actor featured in Water for Elephants, being electric shocked and hit with bullhooks during training.
Animal-rights groups have long insisted that circus personnel mistreat the animals by using bullhooks.
The suit alleges that the circus is violating the Endangered Species Act by abusively training and disciplining elephants with sharp implements such as bullhooks, and by intensively confining and chaining the animals for prolonged periods of time.