Dear Peter W. Meier,
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Parenting advice Web site Mom Central is considering renewing its marketing partnership with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, a company with a long history of public deception and animal abuse. But parents who take their kids to the circus for family fun never see what goes on behind the scenes at Ringling's breeding center, where frightened and still-nursing baby elephants are captured rodeo-style and dragged away from their mothers. Moms and dads are oblivious to the year-long intense and violent training sessions that last for several hours a day. They never hear the screams and cries or see the futile and frantic struggling as baby elephants are wrestled, stretched out, slammed to the ground, gouged with bullhooks, and shocked with electric prods.
It's no surprise that Ringling's glossy public relations campaigns leave out these disturbing facts:
Ringling's barbaric and violent training process goes on in secret, out of the public's view, completely unmonitored by any federal, state, or local law enforcement agency. It takes just one look at the pictures provided to PETA by a retired Ringling elephant trainer to see the terror in a baby elephant's eye as she is surrounded by handlers, who slam her to the ground, and break her spirit so that she will perform under the big top.
It is no secret to parents that children have a natural empathy for animals and would never knowingly choose to support the "tradition" of depriving sensitive creatures of every basic instinct so that they can perform a few moments of silly and cruel tricks. Even at a very young age, children can recognize and sympathize with the suffering of others, which is why countless families around the world, like mine, have made the commitment to boycott all circuses that use animals.
It is up to us to take a stand against Ringling—for the mother elephants who will never get to comfort or reach out to their babies when they are lonely or in pain. Please take a quick moment to share your concerns about Mom Central's Ringling partnership with Stacy DeBroff, Mom Central CEO. Let her know that you would never bring your child to an event that is known for abusing animals for profit and politely ask her to stop promoting the circus once and for all. Thank you.