Comedian Lewis Black returned to The Daily Show on Tuesday with conflicted feelings over the phasing out of elephant performances from Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
While he felt that the elephants were the best part of the show these days, Black was shocked to hear that the elephants were severely abused, with some reportedly kept in chains for 22 hours a day.
“That’s insane,” he said. “You can’t do that to elephants. You can’t even do that to Dakota Johnson. But I’m not paying to see 50 Tons of Gray. But I get it. People just love paying to see big animals get abused.”
At the same time, he wondered what would happen to the elephants once they were out of the show.
“Thanks Obama,” Black complained. “What are they gonna do now? Wash cars? Put out fires? Other Flintstone sh*t?”
(Actually, according to animal rights advocates, they will be taken to a conservation facility in Florida.)
Speaking of animal cruelty, Black was not enthused with McDonalds’ plan to stop giving chickens antibiotics before serving them to the public.
“Whoa whoa whoa whoa. Raising these birds in a metal shoebox with 100 clucking roommates just so you can fatten them up before killing them is one thing,” he said. “But denying them healthcare? Who knew Ronald McDonald was a Republican? Though it could explain why a gay man would dress so badly.”
Watch Black’s commentary, as aired on Tuesday night on Comedy Central, below.