Deanna S. Devaul: Elephants thrive in wild, not in circuses

The Zor Shrine Circus is coming to town. Because of the controversy surrounding the use of wild animals in circuses, I attended a presentation about the use of these magnificent animals, specifically elephants, to learn what circus life is really like for them.

The presentation was bittersweet as the speaker contrasted the lives of elephants living free with ones held captive. It was heartwarming to see them in their natural habitat and how magnificent they were in behavior and appearance.

In contract, it was heartbreaking to see the ones in circuses with their broken spirits and abused, sickened bodies. No entertainment is worth the suffering of another species.

On behalf of our animals, educate yourselves as to what they are forced to endure.

Then, using your moral compass, I hope you do not support any type of entertainment that uses wild elephants.

— Deanna S. Devaul, Madison

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