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ELEPHANTS TODAY, DOGS TOMORROW
Barbara J. Andrews, Publisher TheDogPlace.org
Circus elephants have thrilled us for over two centuries and now, thanks to animal rights, they are being permanently retired. The implications are chilling.
We welcome your feedback (below) but first, a little background and then how this momentous moment in history affects you and your family. Asian elephants have served mankind for over 4,000 years. Take a deep breath and think about that. Longer than any other species on earth with the exception of the dog. Elephants carried our burdens (and our warriors) long before there was a car. Even in modern times, elephants were a link in our military supply lines during the Vietnam War in the 1960s.
This month the elephants that have fascinated circus-goers since our great-great-grandparents were children are being officially retired. The 2018 time-table has been moved up. Circus elephants will go to the resplendent Ringling Brothers Barnum And Bailey elephant facility in Central Florida. They will be well cared for health-wise but what about emotionally?
Emotionally? If you're a dog owner you know exactly what we're talking about. If your dog were suddenly ripped away from your family and given to another loving family, it would be a severe emotional trauma. So certainly you cannot think it would be less traumatic for an elephant to be ripped away from her trainer, her circus routine and performers.
Is it only love that motivates the elephant to serve something as physically puny as man? You know animals, you decide. In India the work elephant is raised by her young mahout, they are brothers. They literally grow up together and she and her mahout work together for life. Ethnologists would say that the Indian elephant was created (or evolved) to serve mankind. It is one of only two species on this earth that is inextricably bonded to mankind. The other is your dog.
In India the elephant works in the timber industry, carries heavy loads, and transports people. Will the circus elephant miss the work, glamour, excitement - and the moment when an enthralled child reaches out to touch her trunk? Will she miss her purpose in life? Will she miss the glamour and clamor, the excitement of performing, of doing something useful?
Think. Your dog is emotionally rewarded, feels pride, and self-worth when he works livestock, guides his blind owner, protects his family, or simply learns a new trick, Do you really think that elephants, the most intelligent creatures on Earth after man, don't feel the same sense of being complete by doing what they have done for centuries? Those who know them both will say "The relationship, the bond, it's in their DNA."
In case you're wondering, the African elephant is a different "breed" and does not have the temperament suited for working with and for human beings.
While you're thinking about the ancient and extraordinary relationship between the Indian Elephant and the people it serves, you will have to consider the dog and all the incredible things dogs do for people around the world. You see them as hunting companions, putting food on the table, pulling sleds, packing loads, comforting the sick, delighting the young, and always, guarding our camp. OK, so are you getting an uncomfortable feeling about how long that will last?
Good. Because even if you never touched an elephant or looked into her eyes, you are getting the point.
It is absolutely INCONCEIVABLE that a small but radical political group could change the history of mankind and actually shift the balance of nature.
We understand. This is something that occurs outside of the scope of your daily life, and has not affected your innate quest for food and shelter, so you don't think about "animal rights".
But think back to when you were a child, one who stood in awe of the circus elephant, or when as a parent you held your child so he or she could toss peanuts to the elephant.
In your lifetime, all that is gone as of May 2016. Now look down at the dog snoozing by your feet. He or she waits patiently for some way to help you, to make you laugh, to lighten your load - or your mood. That is why the dog and the elephant exist. No matter whether you believe in Creation or Evolution, it all works perfectly. Until now.
What are your feelings on this? See 2017 announcement, Circus Killed By Animal Rights and join the conversation there.
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