Circuses, Zoos, Animals in Entertainment

    Circus animals are often cruelly abused and are NEVER allowed any resemblance of a “normal” life. These
    animals do not perform tricks for you because they want to; it is a completely unnatural behavior for them.
    They do these tricks because they are afraid not to. The usual “training method” of choice is a club or a long
    stick with a metal hook at the end that they beat the animal with. Undercover video of this cruel abuse is
    readily available, and former employees of Ringling Brother’s Circus have come forward and described the
    inhumane and intolerable abuse they witnessed of the animals in Ringling Brother’s care.
    When you go to any circus or show that features animal acts you endorse the inhumane and horrific
    terrorizing of these noble and beautiful animals.
    Click here: Ringling Brothers Circus

    "Children, who are naturally fond of animals, would have to be dragged kicking and screaming to the circus if
    they knew of the suffering these animals endure for a fleeting moment of so- called amusement." Taken from

    "Transporting wild animals from town to town is inherently stressful for these animals, as it requires that they
    be separated from their families and social groups and intensively confined or chained for extended periods of
Used and Discarded/Movie Actors
After movie stardom often comes retirement to a lavish estate where others will cater to
your every need--but only if you're a human. Animal actors like the great apes seen in
movies as silly sidekicks and in television commercials have a much less lavish
retirement plan, to say the least.

Chimpanzees can live to be 60 years old, but their usefulness to the entertainment
industry is usually over by age 8, when they become too strong to be managed.
Trainers may have the chimps' teeth pulled or fit them with shock collars under their
clothes so that they can continue to control even mature chimpanzees with enormous
strength. When they are no longer amenable to discipline, and beatings have become
too routine to affect them, the apes are typically discarded.

As a result, former ape actors may spend decades in small, barren cages or be sold to
poorly run roadside zoos. These chimps may be bred repeatedly to provide a
continuous supply of newborns for the entertainment industry.

Chubbs was found (a chimpanzee used in Planet of the Apes and in the Chimp
Channel series), languishing in a deplorable roadside zoo in Texas called Amarillo
Wildlife Refuge.  

Hollywood uses animal actors for all they are worth, abandoning them when they
become too aggressive or when a certain species becomes passé. Instead of abusing
and discarding animals, moviemakers should use the many cruelty-free alternatives
available to them, and leave wild animals in peace.