Less than a year after a security guard reported the abuse of a chained
elephant by a bullhook-wielding Ringling Bros.
circus handler in Colorado, an employee at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum—a venue
where PETA captured Ringling bullhook use on video as part
of a 2009 undercover investigation—has reported more bullhook abuse during Ringling’s March 2013 tour there.
PETA’s 2009 investigation of Ringling Bros. and Barnum Bailey Circus found that workers were beating, whipping, and hooking elephants and striking tigers.
Based on the whistleblower’s affidavit, PETA has submitted a
complaint to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), along with an urgent
request for the agency to inspect Ringling while it remains in New York
(through April 3). The arena staffer—who also noted that she saw no exercise pens set
up for the tigers—complained to the Nassau County District Attorney
Office’s animal-cruelty unit, which is investigating.
What You Can Do
Hasn’t being slapped with the USDA’s largest-ever penalty against a circus for violations of the Animal Welfare Act deterred Ringling
from abusing elephants? Please politely urge USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack to finally seize Ringling’s
suffering elephants and transfer them to a reputable
Article source: PETA Files