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Posted April 23, 2007 by Rachelle Owen

I have spent the last couple of days in wonderful Charleston, West Virginia. I like this town because the people who live here are so nice. It is so different from the typical fast-paced feeling of a bigger city. Along with some of the most laid-back people you will ever meet, you will also experience some of the strangest and funniest moments that will make you say to yourself, “WTF?�
I came to Charleston because Ringling Bros. circus was in town. No, I wasn’t going to the show, I was here to document the elephants and how poorly they are treated. My fellow co-worker, RaeLeann, and I found out where the Ringling train was going to stop and unload the elephants for the walk to the Convention Center. We did not have an exact time when the train was going to arrive so we parked near the location to monitor the tracks and wait, and wait, and wait. Anyway, long story short, I went to the restroom at the local farmers market and as I went to wash my hands, this older man met me. As we said “hello� to each other, he began to take off his pants. Yes, he was taking off his pants next to me as I was washing my hands. As his pants hit the floor and he stood their in a pair of very dirty boxer shorts, he says to me, “it’s pretty crazy what happened at that school� – I replied, “yes, it is very sad and horrible,� the whole time thinking ‘what you are doing right now is pretty crazy.’
Speaking of crazy, we all know that Ringling beats their elephants with a heavy stick that has very sharp points at the end called bullhooks. This is nothing new but we now hear from activists in California, who are working on the The Elephant Protection Act, AB 777 which will make the use of bullhooks illegal, that Ringling is claiming in the Californian legislature that their weapons of torture don’t have hooks on the end. I guess they think the general public is not very intelligent. To see what big liars this would make them, check out the video footage I filmed just this week and let me know what you think. Does Ringling use sharp-tipped bullhooks or not?

Find out more about Ringling here!

On a lighter note, I met two of the most wonderful people ever. Archele Hundley and Garrison Christianson, they are two ex-Ringling employees who witnessed Ringling animal trainers beat elephants on a daily basis. In fact, they witnessed a Ringling animal trainer beat an elephant with a bullhook for nearly forty-five minutes, swinging the bullhook like a baseball bat. After witnessing this bloody beating and other abuses, they complained and reported these abuses to Ringling management. They were ignored by Ringling management and told; if you do not like it leave. Archele did just that, left Ringling and came straight to PETA to report this abuse.
Since both of these two wonderful people happen to be residents of Charleston we wanted to let everyone know of their stories. Cue Ringling Bros. opening night and an awesome PETA protest. Archele and Garrison were awesome, it was their first protest ever and they were both rock stars. We reached a ton of people, some even turned around and left after hearing how Ringling abuses the animals in their ‘care’ – Two TV news channels came out to cover the demo. It was an awesome week in Charleston, West Virginia.
This may have only been a couple of days in one town but hear me now: Ringling, I am coming after you.
– Stay tuned for more updates and don’t forget to visit Circuses.com and dont forget to hit the streets!

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  • 2714 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I will never attend a circus, any circus with animals in it. It is cruel and unnecessary. These workers need to go out and find real jobs and not make their living off of hurting those with no voice. I am spreading the word big time about the truth of animal abuse in circuses for now and always until there are no more animal circuses. PLEASE boycott all circuses with animals!

  • 2880 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    you guys are doing a good job keep up the good work. As long as you never give up you will one day reach your gaol. keep fighting for animal rights. you guys are fighting for a good cause.

  • 2977 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I have never nor will ever support any circus. I never let my daughter go either. It has been going on too long. Come on people, quit going to these cruel animal shows. God is watching you!! And he loves his animals. You make the choice. the animals cant!!!

  • 2977 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I have never nor will ever support any circus. I never let my daughter go either. It has been going on too long. Come on people, quit going to these cruel animal shows. God is watching you!! And he loves his animals. You make the choice. the animals cant!!!

  • 3011 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    As I balance ruthless murder and entertainment, I feel that I could stand missing watching these animals “perform” to prevent supporting an industry that uses torture and fear-induced brainwashing for their profit.

  • 3013 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I am 13 years old i hate all of this animal cruilty is insane i want to kill any on that hurts animals i

  • 3015 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Good job getting the video of the Ringling carnies hooking the elephant.

  • 3015 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Good work, getting the video of the Ringling carnies hooking the elephants. I hate that they abuse the animals to teach them stupid tricks and then ship them all over the country chained and caged like they are pieces of furniture. The animals’ existence is a living death. Why do people support the circus industry?

  • 3019 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I am outraged right now. That is the simplest, and least verbally assaulting, way to put what I am feeling. Elephants are gorgeous, kind, innocent animals, just like any other animal; they deserve to be in their own environment where they can roam free and not live in fear that a HUMAN (those who used to take care of elephants and treasure them a very long time ago) will hurt them. No one I know will EVER attend another Ringling Bros. circus. As for me, the next time I attend one, it will be in order to severely protest, believe that!

  • 3019 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    OMG!!!!!!! I can’t even bring my anger into words! My “friends” say I am crazy and nobody cares about animal abuse but I can’t even think right now! Wringling Bros. is one of the most worst places on earth! WHAT IS THIS COUNTRY COMING TO!!??? We rely on the abuse and killing of animals for our ENTERTAINMENT!!!! omgomgomg…. I can’t believe people these days!!!
    I am twelve and personally I hate ANY animal abusers.

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