Jillian Michaels joins with PETA to fight Ringling Bros. Circus cruelty

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Jillian Michaels, exercise guru from NBC's hit “The Biggest Loser” has joined with PETA to advocate for the plight of elephants working for Ringling Bros circus.

Elephants used for entertainment purposes in circuses have access to almost no exercise barring the numerous repetitive ‘tricks’ they are forced to perform all in the name of entertainment. As a result, severe and painful arthritis ensues and these magnificent animals suffer terribly.

Recently a protest was organized outside the staples center in Los Angeles with Jillian Michaels bringing much needed attention to this important issue by means of her celebrity. Along with PETA, were members of the animal activist groups In Defense of Animals, Last Chance For Animals and Animal Defenders International.

"These animals should be allowed to live as nature intended—free from beatings, chains, and screaming crowds," says Michaels, who recently visited Africa to see elephants in their natural habitat. "Their enslavement by the circus means they spend their lives in chains and stuffy train cars with no freedom to roam, and they suffer painful, fatal ailments that come from such a stressful existence."

Ringling Bros has been the target of much criticism after photos of baby elephants being strung by all four legs, shocked, shoved, poked and gouged in order to 'teach' them circus tricks, were leaked by a circus worker.

You can learn more and support the work of PETA in their fight against Ringling Bros and their cruelty to animals here.

Karyn Pyle | @natureconspires
When her son was born, Karyn began a journey of researching the impact of our daily choices on our children, the earth and its inhabitants. Now a campaigner of safe food practices and animal rights; while studying holistic medicine, she writes about her passions of organic and eco living and the ethical treatment of animals. Follow Karyn at Natures Conspiracy and Facebook.

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