Dear kind people of Mullingar , and all over our planet , please read this and share.
I'm equally as heartbroken as I am angry .
Please , please, please do not go to a circus that uses animals in any way.
Today, 23 February 2016 in Mullingar, Ireland , 3 adult elephants were paraded as living advertisement for a circus here in town.
Without any Garda presence for safety.
Without any regard for public safety.
Without any barriers or distance between them and the milling, giddy, loud, poking and prodding crowd.
The largest of the 3 elephants was slapped 5 times with an open hand in his face, for all to see, after he suddenly turned a 180.
The smallest of the 3 elephants got visibly irritated and that's when their handlers turned them towards the truck and left... but all the while the guy standing beside this particular elephant had his head stuck in his mobile phone. Only the reaction and shouts of the children , and cries of some, alerted him to the bobbing head and then a sudden dart forward , followed by a growl that came from the elephant.
My son was petrified.
He sobbed, he asked "Mammy why are they here, she looks too sad, they should be in Africa, it's not fair"
He's 5 years old.
My daughter was crying and too upset to get out of the car.
If my 7 and 5 year old know this is dreadfully wrong...why can't others???
That's when the weapons of choice , bullhook's, were hooked behind the elephants ears and banged against their legs .. and the elephants were lead back to the truck.
I had to follow.
I recorded the huge girth of these beautiful animals as they awkwardly obeyed by climbing into the back of the truck.
I watched and recorded as the moron that had had his head in his phone, took a bullhook discreetly from another handler and boarded the truck to force back in one the elephants that wouldn't step back from the side opening of the truck... when the elephants were in, the same guy discreetly handed the bullhook back, all the while trying to keeping the sharp pickaxe point hidden from the trusting smiling and laughing crowd on the other side of the truck that saw nothing .
A guy in a blue coat also held 2 whips.
I couldn't leave until I had my say with "The Boss" , a pathetic cut of a man whose smug smile and waves for the crowd faded in a heartbeat when he heard my message...
I held back my tears for these innocent animals and gave them my voice
"We will not be going to your circus.
Not until you set all these innocent animals free and have people as entertainment, acrobats, gymnasts, not until then."
His smile vanished and he glared at me and shrugged his shoulders..
"This is the saddest, saddest thing, I said, " these animals don't belong here or in any circus. It's so wrong. No more.
Do the right thing by them and set them free to a sanctuary. These animals deserve respect. It's not good for them"
His response ???
"But it's good for me"
Human ego and greed is destroying all that is sacred about our world.
Please don't contribute to it too.
Please notice the cruel use of the horrific "bull hook" used on these innocent animals . These are banned in many countries as they are used to intimidate, beat and intentionally hurt elephants, in particular for the purpose of "training" them... ie FORCING them to do pathetic , unnatural, disrespectful "tricks" .
As babies these animals are forcibly separated from their mothers and family herd members.
They are tied down, beaten until their spirits are broken and they give in to these cowardly barstard that claim to be "animal trainers".
I beg you to wake up to the horrors that animals endure through their entire sad lives while in captivity for humans greed and entertainment.
I couldn't drive past or walk away , my vegan soul was haunted by what I saw today in the centre of mullingar , on a public green... and if one of these no doubt frustrated creatures decided "I've had enough of this" and bolted through the crowd of children and parents that circled them...who'd come off the worst for it ?
The elephants of course... as has happened many times in the past when an elephant went AWOL .... only to be shot after a wasted life of being used and abused ....