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For those who
cannot easily watch the webbroadcast I will summarize the piece:
David Goldstein tells us that an animal rights investigator has prompted a
federal probe of the Carson and Barnes circus, and has provided footage we are
about to see.
elephants being trained to do tricks such as parade in a circle holding tails.
One trainer is telling the other:
"When he starts
squirming too fucking much, both fucking hands - under the chin, Boom!" The
"Boom" is yelled as he demonstrates swinging the bullhook like a baseball bat.
"Don't touch him, hurt him! Hurt him, don't touch him. Make him scream!"
undercover investigator, with true name and voice disguised, tells us: "People
don't want to understand what you need to do to get these elephants to stand on
their heads to stand on their hind legs. They are not natural behaviors."
says, "What trainers do according to Jack's affidavit is inflict pain, sometimes
with an electric prod, other times with a bullhook."
We see more
footage and hear the trainer: "When he fucks around too much, sink that hook
into him, give it everything you got. When you hear him screaming then you know
you got his attention. "
the reporter, holds and shows us a close up of a bullhook. He chops into a
cardboard box, demonstrating how it would cut into an elephant's skin .
tells us that sometimes the elephants get revenge. We see the escape of an
elephant in Honolulu, Tyke, who
killed her trainer before she was gunned down - shot 87 times by police.
of Last Chance for Animals (www.lcanimal.org
), Chris DeRose, was interviewed: "Animals don't stand on their heads out in
the wild. They don't jump through hoops -you have bears jumping through hoops,
you have all these animals doing these silly tricks. It does not happen in the
wild. The only way you can make them to do these tricks is by hurting them. It
is pure fear. "
We learn that
Carson and Barnes have released a statement saying they don't believe that any
of what we just saw really happens, whereas the undercover investigator tells
us that this type of training is a matter of routine.
switch back to the anchor, Pat, she describes the story as "an eye opener."
No doubt this
story opened the eyes of countless Los Angeles
mothers who might think twice about taking their children to the circus next
time it is in town. Once again I urge you to thank KCAL for their
extraordinary coverage and I remind you that KCAL takes feedback at: