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Olivia Munn Combats Circus Cruelty

From hosting G4's Attack of the Show! to appearing in the summer blockbusters Date Night and Iron Man 2, Olivia Munn is entertaining audiences all around the globe. Olivia also has a soft spot for animals and was shocked to learn that elephants used in circuses are torn away from their mothers when they're still babies and are bound and electro-shocked in order to break their spirits. These elephants spend the rest of their lives performing silly, meaningless tricks out of constant fear of physical punishment, including beatings with bullhooks, which is a sharp, metal-tipped rod that resembles a fireplace poker.

Because elephants are not naturally inclined to balance on balls, stand on their heads or perform tricks, trainers use whips, tight collars, muzzles, electric prods, bullhooks and other painful tools in order to force them to perform these physically uncomfortable tasks. Elephants used by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus are beaten, hit, poked, prodded and jabbed with sharp hooks, sometimes until they're bloody. When they are not performing, elephants – who walk up to 30 miles a day in their natural environment – spend their time in chains as the circus travels from city to city.

Olivia Munn's PETA US interview

Olivia explains, "When you look at something like the circus and everyone's laughing and there's color and there's music and everything seems so great, but when you go right behind that door and they're in these crates all day long and then they're getting shocked and beat just so they can get up and dance around on a ball … it was just so sickening". Please help Olivia put a stop to cruelty under the big top and spread the word about this important issue to everyone you know!

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