PETA to USDA: Seize Neglected Elephants

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Posted November 30, 2011 by peta2 staff

Following reports of chronic neglect of elephants held by Florida-based exhibitor Jorge Barreda, who uses elephants for rides and rents them out to circuses like UniverSoul, PETA is calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to confiscate the elephants and relocate them to a sanctuary so that they can receive the treatment that they urgently need. USDA inspection reports dating back to April indicate that Barreda has repeatedly failed to provide vital care for the elephants’ feet, which can lead to serious, and even fatal, abscesses, infections, osteomyelitis, and other problems.

Foot problems are extremely serious—they are the number one cause of premature death in captive elephants in the U.S., who are forced to stand for long hours on hard surfaces instead of walking for up to 30 miles a day as they would in the wild. Despite the necessity of foot care, circuses and other animal exhibitors often neglect this critical aspect of elephants’ health.

Please avoid all circuses that use elephants and other animals and urge your family and friends to do the same. Click here for a list of animal-free circuses.

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  • 1244 days ago

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    elephants are ENDANGERED! It should be illegal for anyone but a sanctuary or a licenced zoo who rescued them to keep any of these beautiful, intelligent animals in captivity!

  • 1244 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    i never new there are cruelty free ones, i’d like to go to one!

    • 1244 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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      There are plenty smaller ones that dont use animals.

  • 1244 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I hope they all get put into a sanctuary and get the help they need. These elephant and other performing animals should be treated like royalty because they are they stars of the show and don’t get shit for it. They shouldn’t be treated like that, they should be in the wild going on about with their natural way of living.

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