Circus Elephant helps Joplin: Video.

Via Waylon Lewis
on May 31, 2011
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Wow of the day?

“While volunteering in Joplin May 28-29, we saw this very unusual sight. An Elephant being used to drag vehicles closer to the street so they can be removed. They were from the Picadilly Circus who where scheduled to perform but had to be cancel due to the venue being used as a hospital for Joplin victims.”

Inspiring as the above is, elephants and circuses are not a happy combination, generally. There are hundreds more videos like the below. If you watch them, you’ll be changed.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


4 Responses to “Circus Elephant helps Joplin: Video.”

  1. Naheed says:

    Viewers find it hard to watch those videos, they have tears in their eyes, but think, these poor elephants go through this trial, they scream, they plead but they can't scape. I am impatient to know if something has been done to help those elephants in the videos?

  2. elephantjournal says:

    Whitney Grace As if they don't have machines to drag out cars with. They haul in a circus elephant who already has spent a life time humiliated and beaten.

    Brian Creighton Doney Hummmm

    Brian Whitt I truly feel for the people of Joplin and what the community has been through, but this is sad to use this poor creature which as Whitney has pointed out has already been humiliated enough. Also sad that Elephant Journal would post this as if it were a good thing!

    Charlotte Noruzi I agree…

    # Brian, if you bothered to click the link before knee-jerk criticizing, you'll see I used this opportunity to educate about cruelty in circuses. ~ Waylon Lewis

  3. James says:

    How do you know this elephant has been beaten all it's life? For all we know, this could have been an elephant that was rehabilitated or saved from poachers or any number of other possible situations. Yes, there are instances where captive elephants have been harmed, and I thank Waylon for bringing those to light. But to some peoples of Asia who work with elephants on a daily basis (and have been working with them since long before tractors and backhoes were invented), they are treated as part of the family and there is love between the animal and it's owner, much like Americans and their dog or cat or horse. And speaking of dogs, there are some dogs who actually thrive when they are given work, such as hauling or herding.
    I am just irritated when blanket statements are made. There are two sides to every coin, folks. I think that the circus company was trying to make the best of an already horrible situation. And instead of just sitting there, they decided to pitch in and make an effort. Ele-journal is promoted as being an open-minded community, and I just wish that everyone could see that things are not so black and white.

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