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In Spain and Egypt, Animal Abusers Become Victims

February 18, 2015 by Leave a Comment

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In the first half of February, two animals used for entertainment attacked their abusers – a bull used in Spanish bullfight and a lion used in an Egyptian circus. Given that many videos of similar attacks have gone viral, why do people still participate in bullfights, circus acts and other exploitive events? Do the thrills and profits really outweigh the grave risks? And is the public supposed to sympathize with the animal abusers when they become the victims?

BULL GORES MAN: On February 14th, a 20-year old man from Georgia was severely gored during a running of the bulls and bullfight festival in a small town near Salamanca, Spain. The 16 inch gash to his thigh was the worst the local doctor had ever seen.

American man gored during a running of the bulls event in Spain

American man gored during a running of the bulls event in Spain

During these festivals, which take place in villages across Spain, bulls run through the streets until they arrive at the local arena, where they are killed in bullfights. The fact that event organizers have medical units on hand to treat injured (human) participants should be reason alone to outlaw these medieval competitions.

LION POUNCES TRAINER: On February 6th, a lion pounced on his trainer during a circus performance in Egypt. The victims’s late husband, who was also a trainer, was killed by a lion in 2004.

How many more people have to be gored, pounced, maimed and killed by captive animals before government regulators and elected officials ban these barbaric events?

In the United States, three high profile animal attacks involving an elephant, tiger and orca have shined an international spotlight on the use of captive wild animals in entertainment.

1. In 1994, a 20 year old circus elephant named Tyke killed his trainer during a performance and injured 13 others as he bolted out of the arena and through the streets of Honolulu, Hawaii. Tyke was shot almost 100 times before dying. The tragic incident was caught on video – from start to finish.

2. Siegfried & Roy, performers who used white lions and tigers in their Las Vegas show, had the most popular act in town from 1990 to 2003, when a white tiger bit Roy on the neck, severely injuring him and permanently shutting down their show.

Siegfried & Roy (photo: Las Vegas Sun)

Siegfried & Roy (photo: Las Vegas Sun)

3. Tilikum, the world’s largest captive killer whale, has killed three people, including Dawn Brancheau, a senior trainer at SeaWorld. Blackfish, a film that documents the Brancheau attack and its aftermath, has made Tilikum an international symbol of animals held captive for entertainment.

The late Dawn Brancheau stands on Tilkum's face during a performance

The late Dawn Brancheau stands on Tilkum’s face during a performance

Your Turn

To learn more about captive animals in entertainment and find out how you can help, please visit Born Free in the U.S. or Captive Animals Protection Society in Europe.

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  1. Jo Ardell says:

    Will everyone reading here, PLEASE, Speak out for the
    POOR DOGS and CATS. STOP the BRUTAL and SADISTIC DOG and CAT MEAT ‘festival’ STOP YULIN DOG and CAT MEAT ‘festival please go to Korean; Stop Yulin 2015. Save these POOR ANIMALS FROM HORRIFIC SUFFERING!

  2. Jamal says:

    Hello, the whole thing is going nicely here and ofcourse every one is sharing information,
    that’s in fact good, keep up writing.

  3. Natasha Brenner says:

    My heart bleeds borsht for the dead abusers! They got what they deserved, Maybe more incidents like these will wake people up to our indecent treatment of animals. Maybe.

  4. Elinor Hawke-Szady says:

    why, Why, WHY didn’t someone tranquilize that poor Elephant Tyke instead of killing her???!!! why, Why, WHY wasn’t there a veterinarian on hand AT THE CIRCUS/ON THE CIRCUS GROUNDS capable of performing such a tranquilization???!!! Tyke could have been transported to a sanctuary somewhere to live out her days with others of her species instead of THIS. Humans don’t think; they react – often in really stupid ways – just like this.

  5. Jo Ardell says:

    Those who abuse, and torture Innocent Animals, who are defenseless and helpless, neither have nor show, any Mercy for the Animals and their suffering!
    NO MERCY FOR ANIMAL ABUSERS!!! Animal Abusers get NO sympathy, from me!

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