: A BABY ELEPHANT HAS JUST DIED AT RINGLING'S TRAINING FACILITY. http://peta.vg/1p24
Mike was only 2 years old. This young elephant's sad death is no surprise given that four other baby elephants have died under Ringling's watch, including one 8-month-old whose hind legs were shattered during circus training & a 3-year-old who drowned in a pond while trying to get away from a trainer with a bullhook—a weapon that resembles a fireplace poker with a sharp steel hook on one end.
Ringling still uses these weapons at its Florida compound, where elephants are separated from their mothers shortly after birth & beaten into submission & elephants are chained on concrete for many hours each day.
These stressful conditions have been linked to the highly fatal disease that killed this calf, which disproportionately impacts captive baby elephants, yet Ringling continues to breed more babies for a life in chains. These deaths are precisely why PETA is calling for an end to Ringling's breeding program & for all of these elephants to be retired to a proper accredited sanctuary.