ARC (Awakening Respect and Compassion for all Sentient Beings) 

Animals in Entertainment

Herd of wild elephants in Tanzania

In the wild, elephants live in large, sociable herds and walk up to 25 miles every day. Most other wild animals found in circus settings, including lions and tigers, are also constantly on the move in their native habitats.

In the circus, animals spend most of their time in cages or chains, and travel about 11 months of the year. Standard circus industry training tools used on animals include bullhooks, whips, clubs, and electric prods. 

Most circuses openly admit to relying on these painful tools in order to control their animals. There is simply no other way to convince a dangerous wild animal to perform tricks for human entertainment other than through the use of force. 

The use of bullhooks, baseball bats, ax handles, pitchforks and other tools that are “designed to inflict pain” on elephants were recently banned by the city of Los Angeles. Many foreign countries including Bolivia, Israel, Peru, Netherlands, and Costa Rica have legislated a nationwide ban on using wild animals in circuses.

What Can I do? 

-Boycott animal circuses. 

-Choose animal-free circuses like Cirque du Soleil instead. 

-Join a peaceful protest

-Let your legislators know how you feel

The Rodeo

Animals used in rodeos often experience injuries including broken bones, snapped necks, and bruising. They are chased, whipped, roped, dragged to the ground and experience untold terror. 

Rodeos often rely on painful tools and techniques including sharp sticks, tail-twisting, spurs, electric prods, and bucking straps to make bulls, horses, and baby calves appear wild.

"I have seen animals with 6 to 8 ribs broken from the spine and, at times, puncturing the lungs. I have seen as much as 2 to 3 gallons of free blood accumulated under the detached skin." 
-Dr. Charles Haber, veterinarian and former federal meat inspector 

In the calf-roping event, delicate young animals suffer considerable damage to the ligament that secures the neck to the body. According to Dr. Robert Fetzner, wounded calves indisputably endure extreme pain. 

The rodeo teaches children that abusing animals is an accepted form of entertainment. Let's teach our kids to be kind to all beings. Help us raise awareness and put an end to this tradition of cruelty.


What Can I Do? 

-Foremost, boycott the rodeo and let your friends and family know why. 

-Attend a peaceful protest

-Let your legislators know how you feel.

There are few laws protecting animals forced to perform in rodeos. The federal Animal Welfare Act exempts rodeos from the protections it provides to animals. Some states exempt rodeos from their anti-cruelty statutes, while other states defer to clearly inadequate Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association regulations to judge whether animal cruelty has occurred in rodeos.

But there is hope.  A handful of states like California, Rhode Island, and Nevada, have passed laws that ban or tightly regulate rodeo events, and some cities are beginning to pass ordinances as well that ban or restrict the rodeo’s cruelest practices.

Let your state and local lawmakers know that you want to see similar legislation passed in your community


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At the Track- Greyhound Racing

Every year, thousands of young and healthy Greyhound dogs are killed merely because they lack winning potential, were injured while racing or are no longer competitive.

A dying industry?

Dog racing became legal in the early 1930s and by the 1950’s there were about 50 tracks in 24 states, becoming a multimillion dollar business.  After the 1980’s, greyhound racing dropped dramatically.

Greyhound racing tracks still operate in five states: Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Texas and West Virginia. While more than half of all active American tracks are in Florida, on November 6, 2018, the state's voters passed Amendment 13 to end Greyhound racing in the state.The measure, which passed with an overwhelming 68% of the vote, will phase out racing by December 31, 2020, making it the 41st state to ban the cruel practice.


Confinement & Transportation

The average greyhound stands between 23 inches and 30 inches tall at the shoulder, and weigh between 50 and 85 pounds.  They live in warehouse-like kennels that are supposed to be large enough for them to at least stand up and turn around, but the standard minimum size of dog track cages are is 32 inches high, by 31 inches wide, by 42 inches deep, making it difficult for the larger dogs.

Dogs are normally transported from racetrack to racetrack during their careers, sometimes across the country.  During this process, dogs are transported in tight conditions, with little to no ventilation, via aluminum trailers or rental vans.   In recent years, there have been several media-documented cases of racing dogs dying during transport


Injuries & Death

During races, many dogs suffer leg fractures, cardiac arrest, spinal cord paralysis, and broken necks, and not all injures are reported to the public.     

Thousands of dogs are killed when they are injured.  They are also killed when they are no longer profitable or become a liability. Multiple greyhounds are killed annually.   Fortunately, some dogs are sent to rescue groups.


Food & Health

Greyhounds are fed meat derived from dying, diseased, disabled and dead livestock that has been deemed unfit for human consumption (4D’s).  Adoption groups often report receiving dogs in a general state of neglect, abuse, or with severe parasite, flea and tick infestation.



Greyhound puppies’ ears are tattooed with registration information at a few months of age.  When they are ready to get rid of the dogs, some cut off their ears before discarding them. 

While some breeding facilities may treat their dogs better than others, they are often kept outside, in large dirt pens with minimal shelter.  Greyhounds are very susceptible to cold and hot weather.

Performance Enhancing Drugs

Even though the trainers who use performance enhancing drugs on their dogs are subject to criminal penalties, loss of their racing licenses and permanent bans from the National Greyhound Association, evidence shows this is an on-going practice.


Live Lure

The dogs are trained to chase a lure which is normally and artificial 'hare' or 'rabbit', on a track until the greyhounds cross the finish line.  However, there have been cases where real rabbits have been found to be used as it is said to be more effective.   In 2011, a Texas greyhound trainer had to surrender his license after he was caught on video using live rabbits to train dogs.  



What can I do to help?

There are many ways you can help end the Greyhound racing industry:

  • Do not attend Greyhound races.
  • Educate family and friends about the animal welfare problems and safety concerns related to Greyhound races.
  • Consider adopting a retired greyhound and encourage people you know to do the same. Greyhounds make wonderful family pets, and adoption events are held all over. The dogs can also be found at rescues and shelters.