Elephants are social creatures
Today’s post is something Carter and Olivia have been wanting to write for a few weeks now. Ever since they watched the movie “How I Became An Elephant”
We are posting this video so you too can understand why this story has to be told:
A few years ago the Cole Brothers circus came to Atlanta and I told my wife that I should get tickets and take Carter and Olivia. They had never been, and come to think of it, I had only been once in my life and that was many years ago. When I went it was because the circus was coming to our town and they offered free tickets to any kid under the age of 11 who wrote a letter listing the top 10 reasons why they wanted to be a circus clown. The winner would get in free and get to be a clown for a day. Long story short, I entered the contest and ended up winning first place.
I don’t remember much about the event other than what they had me focus on and that had to do with the typical clown antics etc. I remember seeing circus animals like the elephant but not much more. So when the same circus announced they were coming here, I wanted to take my kids and show them how much fun they could have etc.
When we showed up, I was amazed as to how small the circus was and how few people attended. As I excitedly tried to get my kids to understand how much fun a circus is and what it was like to be a clown, I found myself having a hard time getting them in the same frame of mind. Both of them kept asking me questions about the sad looking elephant which was paraded around the center ring. It looked very old and as if it had not eaten properly in weeks. Its stare was so blank and expressionless. Carter at one point asked me if the elephant was sick because it looked so sad. I immediately shrugged his comments off by explaining that the elephant was probably tired and that I was sure they give him the best of care. All the while, I too was starting to notice how sickly the elephant and the horses looked that night.
When we returned home, I told my wife how disappointing the circus was and how Carter and Olivia seemed more concerned about the condition of the animals, than they were with having fun. We agreed that this would be our last visit to a circus.
I never gave it much thought again after that visit until the kids started this organization. A few weeks ago Olivia, out of the blue asked me if I remembered the poor elephant from the circus and if I thought he was being treated better. I asked her why she suddenly thought about that elephant and she surprised me by saying she often thinks about him and wonders if he is okay. She asked me if we could do some research about circus animals to see if there were more that looked so sad. I told her I would and thanked her for caring so much.
As I started searching for answers, it became obvious that the circus is not the Greatest Show On Earth, in fact, they are probably the Worst Shows On Earth when it comes to how they treat animals. We are not here to preach to you and tell you how much of a bad person you are if you take your kids to a circus. What Carter and Olivia are hoping by posting this segment and the video, is that you will think twice before supporting these companies who host the events and know that as long as people buy tickets to these shows, the cruelty will continue.
Here is a video which also shows the barbaric conditions and harsh treatment elephants have to endure for man’s greed. We recommend adults watch this before showing younger viewers: