Today’s issue of 77 Square features an “advertisement” with a line drawing of an elephant holding a rope around the neck of a stick figure. The stick figure is meant to represent the “goofballs” that are in support of a ban on elephant acts in Dane County.
The caption reads, “Maybe we should put a muzzle on them and walk them around for the children!!”
Suggesting that those who stand up for elephants should be chained and muzzled is a threat and incitement to violence. Do we really need more “bullying” in our community?
Elephants in the circus perform because they are afraid of being beaten. As young elephants, they are “broken”. Their spirits are broken in horrendous practices which include isolation, neglect, and beating with a sharp pointed bull hook. While circus goers are not allowed to see such abuse, one need only notice the bull hook in the handlers’ hands to know that the elephants will do anything to keep that weapon from being dug into their skin.
Supporters of the ban are compassionate, empathetic, and caring advocates who use facts rather than nasty personal insults to speak out for the elephants who are forced to perform, made to travel in trailers, chained at the legs for hours, and are simply not allowed to be elephants.
Yes, we support freedom of speech.
Yes, we have a sense of humor.
But come on. . . pick on the bad guys, not those who protect those who can’t speak for themselves.