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Elephant Abuse in Greece

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Uploaded on Sep 5, 2009

The vicious beating of an elephant at a circus in Greece has been exposed around the world after a video of the cruelty was posted on YouTube by animal rights campaigners.
I would like to state this is not only happening in Greece but all over the world.

The footage, secretly filmed by activists, shows a 40-year-old female Asian elephant being repeatedly struck across the head and body by her trainer using an ankus (a bullhook, with a long handle and sharp metal hook, used to control elephants) The circus is apparently an Italian company that regularly visits Greece.

Animal protection organisations across Greece are now working together to take action and CAPS has offered support. The Minister of Agriculture has already promised to look at introducing a ban on animal circuses.

We will release more details when we can. For now, please contact the Minister of Agriculture, encouraging him to bring in a ban on animal circuses as soon as possible. Send an e-mail to: minister@minagric.gr

Check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-xwKJ...
or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bta6Ux...
In a recent report published by Dr Marthe Kiley Worthington (comissioned by the RSPCA) she found that
Circus animals demonstrate stereotypic&
abnormal behaviour patterns indicative of
prolonged stress&suffering
Circus animals were kept in close confinement
most of the time.
Animals in circuses do not benefit any educational CONSERVATION or scientific cause.
All species of circus animals examined showed stereotypic&other abnormal behaviour patterns.
In the cases of elephants Dr K W found that these abnormal behaviours occupied upto 25% of their time, she also went on to state from her data that in the case of big cats they spend 90% of their time confined to transport crates and had between 0.17&0.45 m3 of space per animal
The report revealed that in British circuses, lions and tigers are confined to their beast wagons for 90 per cent of the time, each animal occupying a space of between 0.17 and 0.45 cubic metres; that elephants are shackled for 60 per cent of the time and are only able to lie down with difficulty; that 40 per cent of the big cats have to be forced into the ring "by poking a broom handle into their wagon"; that bears spend more than a third of their time in abnormal activity such as pacing to and Accomodation for the animals was clearly shown to be GROSSLY inadequate providing extremely cramped and a highly impoverished environment.
BOYCOTT ALL ANIMAL CIRCUSES

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