For this year's World Elephant Day, animal advocacy organization Born Free USA is shedding light on the cruelties endured by these wild animals, who are forced to perform in circuses and other shows.
The sad truth about elephants in circuses is that there is no humane way to train a wild elephant to perform tricks for human enjoyment. Pointed tools called bullhooks - as well as other cruel methods - are often used to coerce elephants into entertaining crowds.
"There is a renewed resolve at the international, national and state levels to protect elephants," Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA, told The Dodo in a release. "These efforts have helped, but not nearly enough. There is still so much that needs to be done to save elephants - and some of it can be done in our country to help captive elephants, sentenced to a lifetime of forced performances."