Elephants are forced to travel 10,000 km through Siberia for circus
Elephants are forced to travel 10,000 miles through Siberia to perform in a traveling circus.
Animal rights activists have expressed anger about the & # 39; tortuous & # 39; journey in which elephants, tigers and other animals are transported through Russia in tight trucks.
A petition against the & # 39; cruelty & # 39; of the circus has already collected nearly 100,000 supporters.
However, ringmasters say that the animals & # 39; love the circus & # 39; and insist that the trucks are heated and the elephants are regularly cleaned and fed.
Performance: an elephant in the Togni circus during one of his Russian tour shows. Animal rights organizations have condemned the traveling circus as & # 39; cruel & # 39; and & # 39; serpentine & # 39;
Caged: An elephant in Yakutsk, one of the coldest cities in the world and one of the locations where the traveling circus occurred after it was banned from Italy
The Togni circus moved to Russia after animals were banned from circus shows in Italy and has been on the road for ten months over a distance of more than 10,000 miles.
In the past year, the circus traveled from Kazan to perform in Krasnoyark, Irkutsk and the Pacific outpost of Vladivostok among other cities.
Some elephants were shown around the city of Yakutsk, one of the coldest cities in the world.
& # 39; Some European countries like Italy have banned all animals in traveling circuses because they are cruel – but then the group responds by coming to Russia where the winding travel distances are even greater, the longest in the world, & # 39; said a campaigner.
& # 39; Forbidding cruelty in Italy, they made it worse in Russia for the same animals. & # 39;
Irina Novozhilova, from animal rights group VITA, said: & # 39; For a simple reason, the circumstances in no circus will be humane. Training goes hand in hand with cruelty.
Elephants are led from a truck in Yakutsk at one of the stops on their 10,000-mile journey. Ringmasters insist that the trucks have heating and air conditioning
Elephants on the trip (left) and in the city of Yakutsk (right), a visit that gave rise to a petition against the circus that has already collected nearly 100,000 supporters
A map with the route of the traveling circus that started in Kazan in western Russia and that is executed as Vladivostok to the far east
Two elephants and one of their minders. In the past year the circus traveled from Kazan to perform in Krasnoyark, Irkutsk and the Pacific outpost of Vladivostok among other cities
& # 39; For elephants, that means using hooks and electric shockers. Electric shockers cause mini heart attacks. & # 39;
Animals in such traveling groups have to deal with beatings and hunger, she said.
& # 39; Circuses that go on tour travel hundreds of kilometers in one go, & # 39; she went on.
& # 39; Another less known fact is that there is a quota for anesthesia for animals and if something happens, the existing quota is not enough for even a single elephant.
& # 39; Let's say that if an elephant breaks his leg, there is no way to anesthetize him.
& # 39; Circuses are always cruel beyond borders. And circuses with animals must be prohibited. & # 39;
The distance traveled by the Togni group from one of & # 39; the world's largest circus dynasties – is, according to the Siberian Times, the equivalent of a trip from London to Russia's eastern outpost Pevek.
A circus director and two elephants stand on platforms in one of the Togni circus shows
Two of the elephants in a Russian city during their ten-month tour of Siberia after circus shows with animals were banned in Italy
Tigers are also involved in the traveling circus, shown here during one of his performances
But the Russian art director of Togni rejected the complaints.
& # 39; Such circuses are traditional & # 39 ;, said Sergey Bondarchuk. We love our animals very much, they are our family.
& # 39; They also love the circus, they are bored without work. Our animals will live and die with us, they will not survive in the wild. & # 39;
Moving the circus to Yakutsk was an old ambition for the entire group, he said.
& # 39; Both the Italians and I dreamed of performing in Yakutsk, we dreamed about such a journey because Yakutsk's circus is the most northerly, & # 39; he said.
The trucks have air conditioning and heating and on the way in Siberia they stop every three hours to clean and feed the animals, he insisted.
Traveling over the great distances of Siberia was & # 39; difficult & # 39; but & # 39; the animals are children to us & # 39 ;, he went on.
He said: & # 39; If something happens to them, we lose our job. & # 39;
The circus is currently located in Kemerovo, a capital for mining.
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