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Animals Used for Entertainment

Most people go to circuses, zoos, or marine parks because they "love animals" and have no idea what happens behind the scenes and how unnatural it is for animals to be captured, caged, and forced to "entertain" humans. Learn more about animals used for entertainment and check out all the ways that you can help!


Elephants, tigers, and other animals forced to go on the road and perform in circuses are electro-shocked, beaten with long metal rods called "bullhooks," and not given proper veterinary care.

Animals used in circuses spend most of their lives chained inside boxcars and never get to live freely with other animals, as they would in the wild.

When they are performing, the tricks are confusing and painful for them. Have you ever seen elephants balance on their heads in the wild? Nope—that's because it's completely unnatural for them.


Animals in zoos often live in enclosures or cages that are hundreds of times smaller than their homes in the wild.

Zoos breed animals in order to have babies who will bring a lot of people (with money!) to see them. Older or less popular animals are even sold or shipped off to live in even worse conditions at roadside zoos so that they can be replaced with younger, cuter ones.

Even at the best zoos, being in a cage with people staring at you is nothing like how animals would live in the wild. They are prevented from doing things that are natural and important to them, such as running, roaming, flying, choosing a partner, and being with their families.

Marine Parks

Marine parks such as SeaWorld give orcas and dolphins nothing more than what is basically a concrete bathtub to live in. These animals and their families will swim for miles every day in the wild. In captivity, they can only swim in small circles.

Forced to perform for large, noisy crowds, the whales become frustrated, bored, and aggressive. They can become so stressed that they attack each other and humans as well.

YOU Can Help!

If zoos, circuses such as Ringling Bros., and marine parks like SeaWorld really cared about animals, they would let them live freely in the wild and wouldn't force them to suffer simply as part of a profit-making scheme.

You can show these industries that YOU care about animals by never purchasing a ticket to a zoo, a marine park, or a circus that uses animals and by spreading the word to your friends and family.

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