Audience members watched in horror as the large animal began to tumble from atop a pyramid of stools upon which he had been prodded into standing. The video shows the elephant fell about six feet down, crashing into the ground on his side while narrowly avoiding onlookers in the front row.
Also you will see how his fellow “friends” came to his side!!
Thankfully no spectators were hurt in the fall, but Belarus media outlets report that the elephant was injured. Still, despite the trauma, he will soon be made to perform with the circus again.
The incident underscores the dangers faced by elephants made to engage in unnatural performances, but what takes place behind the scenes at animal circuses is even more shocking. Training elephants to perform in circuses routinely involves a variety of abuses aimed at breaking their spirits through fear and intimidation.
Recently the use of animals in circuses is fading throughout the world. A growing number of nations and local municipalities have outlawed the practice in light of animal welfare concerns. The United States has yet to enact a nationwide ban, but change is underway regardless. Earlier this year, Ringling Bros., one of the largest circus operator in the nation, announced that it would voluntarily cease to use elephants in its performances
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