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Lame Elephants Still on the Road

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Posted December 12, 2011 by peta2 staff

The record penalty paid by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus for violations of federal animal welfare laws has so far made no difference for the lame and suffering elephants the circus forces to travel and perform for months at a time. So PETA has sent an urgent appeal to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) asking that the agency order a comprehensive, independent evaluation of the elephants and prohibit Ringling from taking elephants in distress on the road.

Accompanied by PETA’s captive wildlife specialist, two veterinarians with decades of elephant experience attended multiple Ringing shows and expressed serious concerns about the health and well-being of eight elephants. One elephant was observed with an abscessed toenail (foot problems are the number one reason why elephants in the U.S. are euthanized), and another had diarrhea.

While Siam, a 33-year-old, wild-caught Asian elephant, was lying down, a black hole consistent with an abscess was visible on her front left foot.

All eight displayed severely abnormal behaviors and have extensive scarring from being struck with bullhooks. Fifty-four-year-old elephants Aussan and Sarah have shown a dramatic decline in their physical condition during the past few months alone.

The experts also saw a zebra escape from an enclosure during a show and a tiger whose tail was caught in a cage door.

These elephants cannot wait while the USDA pats itself on the back for penalizing Ringling. Please click here to urge the USDA to take immediate enforcement action to get Aussan, Sarah, and all the other elephants suffering for Ringling off the road for good.

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  • 1300 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I just wrote an email to the USDA. I hope everyone else that is posting about “how sad” this situation is actually does something to try to help. Sympathy alone doesn’t help.

  • 1300 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    i cant stand the circus, and how they get away with the treatment of such animals..whats worse is the general public still going to the show and either too blind to see or turning away with no conscience.. these animals deserve much better treatment. “Free the Phants!!”

  • 1300 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I just don’t understand how they can treat the animal so badly when they are the reason they make money.

  • 1301 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    1 second is too much time with ringling. But 54 years?!

  • 1301 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    thats so sad :(

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