edie falco
by Ali Berman
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Despite the overwhelming evidence that circuses are cruel to animals, for some reason, parents still take their kids for a day of family entertainment.

Actress Edie Falco is asking parents to reconsider attending a circus for the sake of the very animals they want to see up close. Falco specifically talks about how the elephants at the circus have their babies stolen from them after they are born so they can be “bound by all four legs, beaten with bullhooks, and electro-shocked in violent training sessions in order to teach them to obey.”

As PETA notes, female elephants spend their entire lives with their mother and males stay until they are teenagers. Being taken away at such a young age is traumatizing for both mother and child.

Falco says, “I’m a mother. I cannot imagine having my children taken from me and forced to spend the rest of their lives away from everything that matters to them and not be able to do anything to help them.”

The actress finishes by pleading with the public. She says, “Never take your children to the circus. Let’s teach our kids to respect and show compassion for all beings—both human and animal.”

Watch the full video below.

About Ali Berman

Ali Berman is a writer, teacher and activist. She works as a humane educator for HEART teaching kids about issues affecting people, animals and the environment. Ali is also a fiction writer. Her published work can be found on her website at aliberman.com. In early 2012 Ali co-founded flipmeover, a production company with the mission to use media to raise awareness of social issues.

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