Ella PhantzPeril, designed by HarryBliss
If you are in the neighborhood, be sure to check out the elephant sculpture being displayed today through next Friday, Feb. 12 in Woodruff Park. The statue is located at the intersection of Peachtree Street, Marietta Street, and Edgewood Avenue SE.
This artwork, named "Ella PhantzPeril", symbolizes the suffering circus elephants endure while in training. It is no coincidence it was put on display today, barely a week before the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus's arrival, here in Atlanta.
The sculpture depicts a shackled baby elephant and includes the inscription, "See Shackles, Bullhooks, Loneliness - All Under the Big Top."
Veteran Ringling Bros. Circus animal trainer, Sam Haddock, recently blew the cover off of the real way baby elephants are trained for the circus, and it's not pretty. The circus is no circus if you are a baby elephant.
As compassionate vegetarians, our lifestyles include respect and caring for the animals in this world, and dealing with some tough reality checks.
Like, those aren't happy elephants down there in the circus rink.
And there are very few happy cows in the barnyard.
So there will be no circus for my family this year. And I like the circus. I did like the circus.
Pass the tofu.
For more information about how baby elephants fare in the hands of their cruel circus trainers, see RinglingBeatsAnimals.com
To see what really goes on at the Ringling's Florida training center, take a look at these photos taken by a veteran animal handler.
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"We hope that people will take one look at the tears in this elephant's eyes and decide to stay away from Ringling and all other traveling animal acts that take baby elephants away from their loving mothers and put them in chains for life," says PETA Director Debbie Leahy. "Elephants in circuses are deprived of everything that is precious to them—including their freedom—and endure a lifetime of loneliness, beatings, and cheap tricks."