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Nelly and Brigit, two other victims of the circus show industry

Nelly and Brigit, two other victims of the circus show industry

Mis à jour le 12 July 2018

Nelly and Brigit were captured in 1971 in Asia. For 47 years, they have been tossed from town to town by truck, waiting for hours on parking lots and vacant plots, without real bedding, or free access to water for drinking or splashing. Nothing is done for them to have a life resembling the life of an elephant.

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The circus shows using animals are sold to us as the perpetuation of an ancient tradition, a culture, even. We are being sold the image of a "family", but we only see poor elephants torn from an early age from their only true family in nature where they lived free. Now they are kept as elephants suffering a life of pain, fear, stress and hindrance.

All of this is for humans to take advantage of the spectacle and of their domination.

Because it's all about that: the images we shot show Nelly and Brigit prevented from walking normally, forced to wade through their droppings, on the tarmac ground damaging their feet and their joints. No free access to water, it is rationed, given by the good will of their jailers. Their natural need to protect their skin, covering themselves with dust is prevented: they are brushed with a kind of broom, no mud bath is offered to them. No protection or shade is provided.

When they do not feed, they display swaying movements, a sign of their deep boredom, of their state of suffering. The absence of exercise weakens their legs, which, without muscles, hardly support the weight of their body. This is where most infections come from.

During the show, they suffer is a series of spikes (from the ankus), on all the sensitive areas of the head, the mouth, the ears, the trunk, the legs, the hindquarters ... It is also with the use of a spade that the trainer coerces them from the enclosure to the big top, and he does not even hide it during the show. Nelly like Brigit performs under duress, not at all voluntary. Their movements are slow in the middle of the crowd, loud music, and blinding spot lights. We can clearly see their fear of the ankus and the sudden movements of their trainer. And for good reason!

The repeated blows during the few minutes of the show, allow us to imagine the terrible use that is made of this instrument outside the track and the view of spectators.

We filed a complaint for each of them. Like Maya, they deserve a real life, far from the spikes, in a protected place, where they can walk in nature, drink and bathe at leisure, listen to the wind and birds, and choose their activities.

Our partner sanctuaries offer their help to welcome them.

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In the subject

We will defend the animals from the Franco-Belge Circus before the courts. The fight for the lions at the Nouveau Cirque Triomphe continues in Grenoble

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madame loup | Thursday 08 March 2018

Comment peut-on faire du mal a ces pauvres animaux dont on se sert pour faire de l'argent ! La liberté, vivement que les gens , les enfants sachent ce qui se passe réellemnt derriere les coulissses, c'est minable, digne de sales gens sans cœur !Il faut repenser le cirque sans animaux sauvages ; j'ai vu dernièrement, à Monte-Carlo, un Lion a qui on avait scié les incisives haut et bas, c'est l'horreur, pourquoi tout détruire, faire mal ! Merci à ONE VOICE sans qui rien ne pourrait évoluer positivement !

renarde | Tuesday 06 March 2018

Tant qu'il y aura des personnes qui viendront dans des cirques avec animaux le problème de la détention des animaux sera malheureusement d'actualité. Il faut boycotter tous les cirques avec animaux c'est la seule solution. Les animaux ne sont pas là pour divertir des gens, ils doivent être libres et vivre dans la nature.

Jeanne | Thursday 01 March 2018

La barbarie humaine ne cessera jamais !

Sand | Wednesday 28 February 2018

L'horreur est humaine...