The record penalty
paid by Ringling Bros. and Barnum
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
The experts also saw
a zebra escape from an enclosure during a show and a tiger whose tail was caught in a cage
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.
Article source: PETA Files