Letter to the Editor – Jacqueline Lownie of London Ontario Doesn’t Want Animals Exploited by Cirucus’ – June 15, 2011

Letter to the Editor – Jacqueline Lownie of London Ontario Doesn’t Want Animals Exploited by Cirucus’ – June 15, 2011

The Shrine circus is coming to town. How shameful that we would host any circus that continues to exploit animals such as elephants, horses and dogs simply to entertain individuals for a few hours?

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For those of you who are not familiar with the story of Tyke, this will give you an idea of the life of a circus elephant. In 1994, a female elephant named Tyke, after enduring 20 miserable years of circus life, rampaged during a circus event.

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Tyke killed her trainer and mauled her groomer. It took 86 shots to kill Tyke – a violent and painful end to a life that had been filled with beatings and chaining.

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According to the United States Department of Agricultlure documents:

“Tyke was beaten in public to the point where she was screaming and bending down on three legs to avoid being hit.”

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The circus travels to about 40 Canadian and 120 U.S. cities a year – a lot of trucking for animals in cages, being chained and subjected to prods and bullhooks. Bullhooks are used to train elephants to do tricks and are hooked behind ears and knees where the skin in thinnest. Please do some research before thinking about attending a circus – perhaps there will come a time when animals are no longer exploited just to entertain us.

 

Jacqueline Lownie

London, ON

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