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Posted February 11, 2011 by Rachelle Owen


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Barack, a 2-year-old elephant calf who was at one point traveling with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, is being treated (again) for elephant endotheliotropic herpes virus (EEHV). The scientific literature recognizes that stress is strongly associated with EEHV. Ringling has been subjecting baby Barack to the stress of transport, cruel “training,” and performances since he was less than a year old.

This is the second time that Barack has been treated for EEHV in his young life, and there is no cure for the disease, which is usually fatal in elephants. It has a staggering 80 percent mortality rate in captive Asian elephants.

Unless Barack and his mother, Bonnie, are sent to a sanctuary, Barack may very well die from this disease. Please take a moment to e-mail Ringling Bros. and urge the circus to retire Barack immediately. While it’s at it, the circus can make itself truly “The Greatest Show on Earth” by retiring the rest of its elephants too.


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  • 1403 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    why anyone with the authority to shut down ringling bros. circus and charge them with multiple counts of animal cruelty is beyond reason.maybe it’s because the authorities are getting paid lots of bribe money unless they are willing to prove otherwise which everyone knows that they won’t including them.

    • 1403 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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      just wanted to make sure i got last comment put in the right way. why the authorities don’t shut down ringling bros. circus is beyond reason. power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely and that’s the truth and they all know it but they only care about lining their pockets with as much money as possible no matter how much money they pay in bribes and how much abuse they inflict upon the animals.

  • 1404 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Never go to a Circus, or anything that has animals involved. They need to be free, and not to be treated the way that they are!

  • 1626 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    i want nothing to happen to animals but it happens but why sould it happen god stop it yes but he does’nt why we dont no.

  • 1637 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    this is cruel and sick torture definatly something to speak out about at your schools churches work or even in your community dont let this pass away or even through

    speak out now

  • 1637 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    humans are so sick in the head… do they feel no remorse? How could they treat creatures like this? Just goes to show how greedy we have gotten. :(
    Im sending Ringling Bros a piece of my mind…

  • Jen

    1638 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Oh my gosh.. that is absolutely disgusting that poor little baby elephant has every right to live and have a happy, stress free life just like any human. I’m pretty sure if this was happening to their child (a disease that affects humans like this does with elephants, obviously) they would be angered as well.

  • 1639 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    i lost my faith in humanity a long time ago but to see this going on makes me sick. i hardly can bear watching it, can you imagin how sick in the head the people must be to be able to do it!

  • 1643 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    That is heart breaking. No animal should have to be treated again because they have a virus. That shows that they don’t care.

  • 1657 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Why do people have to deliberately hurt a innocent creature? fuck them, i have never been so ashamed to be human, but then again, glad i can save them :)

  • 1659 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    omg! its gorgeous! i dont know how people can take advantage of such beautiful creatures .. i really dont! :(

  • 1660 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    stupid wringling brothers.
    kinda feel like i should break into wherever their at,
    and let the poor thing go.
    jerkks.

  • 1660 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Please send the baby to a place where he can recover, please take care of captive animals. Barack looks like he is in pain, it hurts me just to see him, his bulging eyes, and shrunken face. Please do something, please stop hurting your elephants, they have emotions and feel physical as well as mental pain just like you. Follow the advice of a good veterinarian, and do what is morally right by this living creature.

  • 1661 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE TAKE BABY Barack OUT OF THE CIRCUS AND HIS MOTHER, BONNIE !!! FREE THEM~ PLEASE, IF YOU HAVE A HEART AT ALL ~
    THANK YOU,

    ANITA GRACE

  • 1661 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    This makes me so sad ):
    I was watching a cake show && they just so happened to make one for this Circus. A few days later I saw on peta what they do to these animals, and it broke my heart when I remembered that they had an elephant on the cake. I wish for the best for this poor guy <33 he looks like such a sweety.

  • 1661 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Oh that poor baby, he’s in my prayers.

  • 1661 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    These people should be arrested, just like the people who are kicking the cows as they are going to be killed. Same thing. No one cares about anything anymore. No one has feelings or morals. Shame on them and hope what goes around comes around.

  • 1661 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    That is sad and cruel. I don’t understand why people treat animals this way. Hello! They have a heart and feelings too. Just like us.

  • 1661 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Poor baby! It’s awful that he’s in slavery at all but at such a young age, it’s heartbreaking.

    Action taken.

  • 1661 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Not cool! This little guy deserves a good life,and I hope he gets it. I wish people were more compassionate to animals. Those who show no compassion and mercy to animals in this lifetime will reap their actions in the next!!!

  • 1661 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    It would be nice if you retired all of your elephants but it seems you at the Brothers are just to damn money hungry.

  • 1661 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    How could anybody be so cruel to such a wonderful creature! I send my love to Barack!

  • 1661 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    bless him plz make him alright please god bless him

  • 1662 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    OH MY GOD, I’VE NEVER BEEN TO A CIRCUS, AND NOW I’M GLAD I LIVE IN FREEING COL ALASKA. THERE IS NO CIRCUS!!!!! Free him my neice is also two and if she were to get this (you know if she were an elephant) I would kill this guy. I would now, but I don’t know where they are

  • 1662 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Poor baby! I wantto give him a hug something to cure this. My parents got free tickets to this circus and took my sister and I to it when I was very young. Now that we all know what happens in circuses, we feel horrible. I hope this little guy gets out to live a long happy life.

  • 1662 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    aww. bless its heart :(
    this is so cruel and un necessary.circuses are stupid and need to be shut down. animals are not toys!
    they are just like humans and need love.

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