The elephant has one of the most closely knit societies of any living species. Elephant families can only be separated by death or capture. Cynthia Moss, an ethnologist specializing in elephants, recalls an event involving a family of African elephants. Two members of the family were shot by poachers, who were subsequently chased off by the remaining elephants.
Elephants are thought to be highly altruistic animals that will even aid other species, including humans, in distress. In India, an elephant was helping locals lift logs by following a truck and placing the logs in pre-dug holes upon instruction from the mahout (elephant trainer). At a certain hole, the elephant refused to lower the log. The mahout came to investigate the hold up and noticed a dog sleeping in the hole. The elephant only lowered the log when the dog was gone.
This year at the 2013 Ringling protest we had 70 people join together to educate the public about what really happens behind the scenes.
What can you do?
- Don't go to the circus or support it in any way
- Come help us protest and sign up for updates
- Educate yourself about the facts.
- Talk to family and friends.
- Download fliers and pass them out at local events.