In a recent viral video posted to Twitter, someone is filming as a handler washes a captive elephant. The animal leans forward onto their trunk and head, moving into a headstand while a man sprays the creature down with water. While an elephant standing on their head might seem amusing at first glance, it’s an unnatural behavior that these majestic beings do not display in the wild.

Circus elephants live in an environment that is far from natural. Bound by chains and shipped from location to location via train prevents them from engaging in their most basic behaviors.

Elephants are incredibly intelligent and emotional creatures. In the wild, they have dynamic lives and play an integral role in forming their ecosystems. The more we learn about these self-aware animals, the harder it becomes to justify keeping them in captivity and profiting off of them.

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While these circus tricks may seem amusing and innocent, former circus employees have reported that in addition to being beaten, circus elephants are often denied food and water, “all to force them to learn their routines.” They learn quickly that if they want to eat or drink, then they must perform.

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