And that is the problem.
Their popularity makes them the most visited prisoners in zoos. The most popular slaves in circuses.
There is a lot of money to be made exploiting elephants. Elephants are the biggest money makers for circuses.
How elephants are treated and controlled by their handlers must be kept from public view, or people would not stand for the cruelty.
Chained up for 20 hours a day.
Prodded and stabbed by bullhooks, instruments of torture that would horrify the public.
These gentle, intelligent, social animals, with emotions and feelings that rival our own, should not be required to live their lives for the sole purpose of lining the pockets of cruel people to entertain clueless people.
We would not tolerate stabbing and prodding dogs or cats or children.
We would not tolerate the imprisonment and chaining of them either.
Because such horrific conduct is abhorrent to us. It flies in the face of common decency, of our moral character, of our sense of right and wrong.
And it is something we would never want to happen to ourselves or our loved ones.
We cannot allow such treatment to happen to elephants for the very same reasons.
It is time to place compassion above circus profits, morality above more money for elephant abusers, and our sense of right and wrong over the wrongs committed upon those unable to defend themselves against cruelty.
It is time to free the elephants. To provide them sanctuary. To ban their capture in the wild. To end the ivory trade, to end the poaching and the trophy hunting.
One hundred elephants are murdered EVERY DAY, 24/7.
Thousands are languishing in prisons. thousands are abused in circuses.
It is time to end the cruelty.
Time to let them live in freedom. To leave them alone.
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