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Poll: Do you agree with Jersey City's proposed ban on animal performances? Click to answer.
The elephants for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus arrive by train for the walk to the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa., last May. Paul Chaplin | firstname.lastname@example.org (Pennlive File Photo)
Last year, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced it would be phasing out all of its elephant acts by 2018.
In another victory for animal rights activists, Sea World did the same for its whale acts.
Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop is taking things a step further with a bill that the City Council will consider at its meeting next week.
The measure would ban performances of wild and exotic animals in the city.
It would not be limited to circuses. Also banned would be any events in which animals are required to perform tricks or give rides such as trade shows, petting zoos, carnivals and parades.
The Humane Society of the United States backs the measure, saying there is often little veterinary care for the animals and there is often abusive training behind the scenes. Click to answer.
Urge Sweden to Ban All Wild-Animal Circuses. Sign the petition to ask politicians to include a ban on this cruel form of entertainment as part of reforms to the country's animal-welfare law.
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In Sweden, it's still legal to exploit certain animals, including camels, elephants and parrots, for these archaic shows. But that could change – this year, politicians are updating the country's animal-welfare legislation, and we're teaming up with Swedish group Djurens Rätt to urge them to include a complete ban on wild-animal circuses as part of this reform.
Seven out of 10 Swedes say they want a wild-animal circus ban, and many other countries around the world – including Austria, Mexico and the Netherlands – already have bans.
Sign our petition to put international pressure on Sweden to end the suffering of circus animals.
elephant ride. Click to help
Travel companies Asia Transpacific Journeys, Classic Journeys, Goway Travel, and SITA World Tours are continuing to offer elephant rides as part of their tours, despite learning of the egregious cruelty and human safety risks involved. Please help PETA urge these businesses to join the long list of forward-thinking travel companies, such as VegVoyages, that have committed to not offering activities that exploit elephants. Click to help
Desert Elephants Share Knowledge to Survive Harsh Environments
Elephants are uniquely intelligent, social, sensitive animals. A new study out of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has illuminated these qualities and also revealed incredible details about elephants’ extraordinary adaptability.
Researchers have found that, despite differences in behavior and appearance, Namibian desert elephants and African savanna elephants share the same DNA. This implies that the behaviors that enable Namibian desert elephants to survive extreme conditions, such as triple-digit temperatures and water scarcity, are not a result of genetic mutations, but are, in fact, behaviors that have been passed down through generations. What this means is that these survival strategies are the product of the elephants' innate ability to "learn and change their behavior," according to the study’s lead author, Alfred Roca.
Of course, this doesn't imply that elephants can survive any environment, no matter how hostile. Roca emphasizes that Namibian elephants’ adaptability should give humans all the more incentive to consciously conserve these animals. This is especially pertinent considering that desert elephants are rumored to be larger than their non-desert dwelling kin, putting them at greater risk of becoming trophy-hunting targets.
"Their knowledge of how to live in the desert is crucial to the survival of future generations of elephants in the arid habitat, and pressure from hunting and climate change may only increase in the coming decades," said Roca. Read more about the study here.
Free Billy the Elephant from Lonely Confinement at Zoo
Target: L.A. Zoo Director John R. Lewis
Goal: Release Billy the Elephant from his undersized habitat to a rescue sanctuary. Click to help.
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Our elephant rescue center is currently close to capacity—but there are so many elephants in dire need of help. We are looking at 50 alone right now, and we need land for them!
The ideal place for an elephant not a noisy circus, a dark temple, or on chaotic streets. An elephant needs green space with naturally flowing water and a variety of wildlife passing through—somewhere far away from human harassment and exploitation. And we know just the place!
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