Shut Down Cruel Elephant Marital Arts Show

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Target: Huang Xingguo, Mayor of Tianjin

Goal: Immediately shut down zoo’s elephant martial arts show, which forces elephants into unnatural positions

Animal rights activists have been up in arms over a new martial arts elephant show at the Tianjin Zoo in China. The show features elephants performing various stunts such as handstands, sitting, and kneeling, which not only risks their safety, but the safety of audience members as well because the elephants could go into a rampage when forced to do stressful shows in unrelenting heat.

The stunts in the show cause serious physical and mental harm to these elephants because doing handstands, sitting, and kneeling are all unnatural positions for these animals. During a handstand, the elephants are expected to stand only on their two front legs. This stunt is especially dangerous because it forces the elephants to lift their hind legs and hold all of their massive weight on their two forelegs. When placed under the stress of performing these tricks and stunts, the elephants could suddenly go into a rampage, putting the audience members at risk of being trampled by the performing elephants.

Animal rights activists have accused the Tianjin Zoo of violating a government ban on animal shows. Despite the protests and boycotts the zoo has experienced, the townscape planning authority of Tianjin that oversees these elephant shows claims that the show demonstrates behavioral training that aims to promote knowledge among the public. Behavioral training or not, these shows still place the elephants in danger of physical and mental harm. Sign this petition and ask that these cruel shows be shut down immediately.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mayor Huang Xingguo,

It has come to my attention that the Tianjin Zoo has begun its elephant martial arts show. The stunts the elephants are made to perform in these shows force their bodies into unnatural positions. My main concern is that this show places the physical and mental welfare of these animals at risk.

During these shows, not only is the safety of the performing elephants at risk, the audience members are at risk of harm as well. The elephants may go into a rampage due to the stress they endure as they do their stunts in unrelenting heat. If an elephant goes on a rampage, the audience is at great risk of being trampled.

Despite accusations claiming the zoo violated a government ban on animal shows, the townscape planning authority of Tianjin, which oversees these elephant shows, claims the shows only demonstrate behavioral training and are meant to promote knowledge among the public. Whatever the reason, these shows are putting the physical and mental welfare of these elephants at risk and should be shut down immediately.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Vinodsivan via Wikimedia Commons

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8 Comments

  1. Emily March says:

    Animal abusers anywhere won’t stop for the asking of course. Particularly where there isn’t a single law to protect or defend them. But there also are things like the media, the pressure of public opinion and economic lash-backs… Well done the activists in this case; they represent ‘first-aid’, the abused elephants’ main hope, and should be encouraged!

  2. ALWAYS THE CRUEL EVIL CHINESE WHO HAVE TO TORTURE ALL THE ANIMALS THAT THEY COME ACROSS.. DO NONE OF THESE WICKED PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT COMPASSION OR KINDNESS ??
    THE WHOLE LOT OF THEM WHO PARTICIPATE IN ANY WAY TO HARMING, KILLING, TORTURING, SKINNING THEM & I COULD GO ON, SHOULD HAVE THE SAME FATE DONE TO THEM.

  3. laurel mancini says:

    Wow! Am I ever impressed when an elephant stands on its head or sits on a stand or rolls a ball. (NOT) I like elephants just as they are. They don’t have to do a damn thing but be. Why is my species so screwed up? Oh, wait! I’m not a human, I’m a very nice, tolerant, intelligent, fun-loving, great ape. Give me a banana, Leroy.

  4. China, again ??? What the HELL is wrong with the Chinese government and the Chinese people? Their massive atrocities against animals only makes them look like a society of barbarians. There is something seriously wrong with a society that so easily and readily promotes the abuse, torture, killing and genocide of so many animals !!!

  5. Patricia Dumais says:

    Amazing what humans can come up with to humiliate and torture animals…

  6. YOU ASIAN PEOPLE !!!! You choose to do martial arts but not the ELEPHANT LEAVE THEM ALONE

  7. Mrs. Trish Geidel says:

    YEP, U CAN ALWAYS COUNT ON A GROUP OF CHINESE FOLK TO COME UP WITH NEW WAYS TO ABUSE ANIMALS & OH *IT’S EDUCATIONAL*, ; THAT’S THE EXCUSE THEY ARE USING, WELL, I FOR ONE KNOW THAT THERE’S NOTHING EDUCATIONAL IN MAKING ELEPHANTS PERFORM HEAD STANDS !
    JUST DESPICABLE & ARROGANT !

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