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Pink Fires Off Letter to Obama

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Posted March 31, 2011 by peta2 staff

Rock icon and animal defender Pink recently sent a letter to President Obama asking him to find out why the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has closed three investigations into serious allegations of cruelty to animals by the Ringling Bros. circus without taking action. The investigations expired because of the statute of limitations—a delay caused by the USDA, the very department that was supposed to be investigating Ringling!


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PETA is challenging the Office of General Counsel to reopen these investigations because the following animals suffered and died while in Ringling’s “care”:

  • Clyde, a 2-year-old lion, was killed when he was allowed to bake to death in a boxcar as the circus traveled through the Mojave Desert on a scorching July day when temperatures exceeded 100 degrees. The circus refused to stop the train so that Clyde could be watered because the train was behind schedule.
  • Eight-month-old baby elephant Riccardo was killed while he was being violently trained with ropes and bullhooks to stand on a circus pedestal. He fell off the pedestal, breaking both of his legs which required him to be euthanized.
  • Elephant Angelica was beaten with a bullhook while she was chained by two legs.

Five years ago, while still serving as a senator, Barack Obama asked the USDA on PETA’s behalf for an update on these pending cases and was assured that appropriate action was being pursued.

The lack of action in these investigations is particularly troubling since government officials have already been found to be in cahoots with Ringling.

We’re also calling on the USDA to seize four elephants traveling with Ringling right now who are suffering from painful arthritis. Please don’t wait to speak out for these animals—they need you now.

Just keepin’ it real,
Sunny


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  • 1475 days ago

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    i bet ringling managed to do a deal with the government to close the investigations.

  • 1497 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    come on obama pull your finger out.. You do have the power to do something!!! :L

  • 1599 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Why would anybody want to hurt an animal?
    This is so Heart breaking.

  • 1606 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    oh my goodness. this breaks my heart and brings tears to my eyes. some human beings are nothing but merciless beasts

  • 1606 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    P!nk is such an inspiration, I used to love the circus until I saw some of the terrible and cruel things they do, Elephants can be cute and playful in the jungle, GO TO THE DISCOVER CHANNEL FUCK THE CIRCUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 1609 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    How Wold People Like To Be Killed Or Hitt Around Like These Poor Animals ! /:

  • 1609 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Honestly, this is such bs. Animals are justas important as all the war that has been going on. Even more so because animals need our help in order to be heard. I die insinde everytime an animal dies due to abuse and constant violence. I haven’t been to a circus in years, and now that I know about this, I will never again. There is nothing funny about animal cruelty.

  • 1611 days ago

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    So we have time to get involved in other peoples civil wars that we don’t belong in but we don’t have time to stop a group of sick freaks torturing animals right here in America? Get your priorities straight Obama.

  • 1612 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I hate the circus! I hate when they do this! :(

  • 1612 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    @Marita, Actually Paul Mc Cartney said that ^_^ But the quote is true

  • 1613 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Sigmund Freud Said: “if slaughterhouses should have windows, all the People would Be Vegetarians”

    • 1538 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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      OMG you are so right!!!!

  • 1613 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    awesome x

  • 1613 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    In this day and age in a country like the United States these types of crimes against animals should NEVER take place! STAND UP!

  • 1613 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    They SERIOUSLY need to step their game up and fight for these innocent creatures!

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