Here in Madison the Zor Shrine Circus comes to Alliant Energy Center every year. The elephants are made to walk around in a circle over and over with adults and children riding on their backs.
Elephants are typically trained for rides & other performance acts through the use of bullhooks and electric prods. The Association of Zoos & Aquariums “strongly encourages” its members to discontinue rides in the interest of safety.
Read this excellent article here: