The “Nice Emancipator,” a tall-hat fanatic, a vampire slayer—President Abraham Lincoln is remembered as a person of many fascinating qualities and honorable deeds. However most individuals most likely don’t know that Sincere Abe as soon as took motion to save lots of elephants from a lifetime of slavery and torment.
In 1861, King Mongkut of Thailand (which was then referred to as “Siam”) thought he was being beneficiant when he supplied Lincoln a pair of elephants who would lead a lifetime of servitude throughout the ocean in a international land.
With a well mannered humblebrag, Lincoln declined his provide, stating that the U.S. used steam engines and would haven’t any use for enslaved elephants. “[S]staff on land, in addition to on water, has been our greatest and best agent of transportation in inner commerce,” he wrote in his 1862 letter to King Mongkut.
Lincoln additionally knew that the local weather in America can be a poor one for the elephants, who wanted a tropical habitat. In his response to the king, he acknowledged that the nation “doesn’t attain a latitude so low as to favor the multiplication of the elephant.”
Did you catch that, 21st century U.S.? North America is not any place for an elephant.
We Can All Assist Emancipate Animals
If Lincoln knew 150 years in the past that exploiting animals as a substitute of counting on human ingenuity was an outdated and merciless thought, circuses immediately ought to absolutely perceive that animals aren’t ours to make use of for leisure. Elephants, tigers, lions, and all the opposite animals exploited below the massive prime have their very own pursuits and would by no means willingly be enslaved to amuse people.
Elephants do not belong within the circus 😢 You possibly can HEAR the gang screaming. pic.twitter.com/vokPMro2ue
— PETA (@peta) August 21, 2017
You possibly can converse up for all animals being utilized in circus reveals. Urge circuses (and the venues that host them) to cease exploiting bears, tigers, and different animals—and inform them to do the appropriate factor by that includes solely gifted and prepared human performers.