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Posted at 1:27 PM ET, 03/16/2010

Elephant crossing ahead

By Washington Post editors

The elephant walk is scheduled to kick off at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, signaling the arrival of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

Drivers beware: The route for the march of the animals has changed a bit this year. DCist has a map showing street closures.

By Washington Post editors  | March 16, 2010; 1:27 PM ET
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Boycott any circus that has elephants, and other animals for human entertainment. Time to stop this out- dated and cruel practice.

Posted by: jckdoors | March 16, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

jckoffdoors, give it a rest. Keep your theology off my biology.

Posted by: ShovelPlease | March 16, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Boycott the circus. Circus animals learn their tricks through standard industry practices of using bullhooks and other instruments to poke, prod, strike, shock,and beat the animals to "train" them--all for an hour of human "entertainment." In reality, the tricks the animals are forced to perform are frightening, unnatural, and even painful. Between shows, animals are confined in cramped quarters, deprived of social interaction, and are forced to stand or lie for hours on end in their own excrement. Circus elephants typically spend 11 months out of a year in transit to the next show and the next. This is no way for a wild animal to exist. Boycott all animal circuses. Rent "Dumbo" and let the kids see the circus for what it really is: The Saddest Show on Earth.

Posted by: janetweeks | March 16, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

For decades Ringling Bros Circus has fooled many parents into believing that their shows are wholesome family entertainment, but it is just illusion. To train every elephant they have, they use a bull hook to torture and beat those elephants to make them perform at their shows. Sammy Haddock was so ashamed of the part he played in training baby elephants for Ringling Bros Circus that he could not remain silent, so he decided to confess. Looking at the pictures He says it shows ropes used to pull a baby elephant off balance, while a bull hook is applied to its head, in order to train it to lie down on command. "The baby elephant is slammed to the ground," Haddock says. "See its mouth is wide open. It's screaming bloody murder. It doesn't have its mouth open for a carrot." When anyone uses a bull hook or a Hot Shot on a baby animal I call it inhumane and abusive.
The human equivalent to a circus elephant’s life is putting a human infant on death row.

Posted by: bylagoon | March 16, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Please boycott any performances that involve anyone, yes this includes non-human animals, who are coerced to do their slavemaster's bidding. This cruelty won't continue if we don't pay them for it.

Posted by: GoVeganForLIfe | March 16, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

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