The "Cruelest" Show On Earth is coming back to Charlotte. If you would like to peacefully and respectfully educate the public about the animal abuse they are paying to support and taking their children to see, please join us.
We will meet at the corner of Brevard and East Trade St at 10am on February 2nd. There is an 11am show and a 3pm show so hopefully we can get people coming and going. We have ordered materials from Peta and Animal Defenders again this year for us to use. Feel free to make your own signs as well!
Bears, elephants, tigers, and other animals do not voluntarily ride bicycles, stand on their heads, balance on balls, or jump through rings of fire. They don't perform these and other difficult tricks because they want to; they perform them because they're afraid of what will happen if they don't.
For animals in circuses, there is no such thing as "positive reinforcement"—only varying degrees of punishment and deprivation. To force them to perform these meaningless and physically uncomfortable tricks, trainers use whips, tight collars, muzzles, electric prods, bullhooks, and other painful tools of the trade.
In the Ringling Bros. circus, elephants are beaten, hit, poked, prodded, and jabbed with sharp hooks, sometimes until bloody. Ringling breaks the spirit of elephants when they're vulnerable babies who should still be with their mothers. Unsuspecting parents planning a family trip to the circus don't know about the violent training sessions with ropes, bullhooks, and electric shock prods that elephants endure.