Research Paper

Samantha Swain
English 905(2:05 PM)
December 5th, 2011
Elephants in Entertainment
How many times have people witnessed or heard about animal cruelty? Did you have any idea that circuses and zoos are very often places where animals are treated poorly? One of the many endangered species that are forced to join the circus or live in a zoo is our largest land mammal, the elephant. Wild animals, such as the elephant, are taken from their natural habitat to perform tricks for human entertainment. Elephants should be protected from zoos and circuses. They should be put back in their natural habitats where they are free to live their own lives, instead they are left to suffer from the beatings of their trainers and they continue to live in dangerous environments.
Environmental conditions that elephants live in and the way they are treated in zoos and circuses are the main reason they should be protected. According to the Veterinary Medical Association, between five and six hundred elephants are kept in North America, more than 280 of them in Association of Zoos and Aquariums – accredited zoos and the rest by non-accredited zoos, sanctuaries, circuses, other entertainment providers, or private individuals. (Welfare Implications) Handlers typically carry a guide, a staff with a tapered metal hook used to cue the elephant’s behavior (Welfare Implications). A simple fact, unknown to many, is that the elephants in zoos and circuses are living tough lives because their own trainers abuse them to get them to do what they want. Elephants are treated terribly and it is unbearable to try to imagine what they go through.   Also the environments they are forced to live in are confining and unhealthy. Elephants should be protected from zoos and circuses and living in their natural environments. If they were able to do that they would have a chance to live much happier, healthier, longer lives. For this to happen, enough people need to take a stand on the matter and try hard...