Written by Jeff Mackey
Update: PETA has just received word that
following its submission of evidence of this cruel beating to the U.S. Department
of Agriculture, the agency's Investigative and Enforcement Services has opened
a formal investigation into the matter.
Originally posted June 15:
A security guard has reported that an animal attendant with
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus repeatedly beat a chained
elephant with a bullhook at the World Arena in Colorado Springs shortly after midnight on June 10. A sworn
cruelty complaint has now been filed with the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak
The whistleblower, while working as a guard at the arena,
saw a Ringling employee strike an elephant on her leg "with full force"
at least six times in a manner that the whistleblower describes as
"violent," "excessive," "angry," and
"without warning." The attendant continued striking the elephant, who
was chained by two legs, even after she had moved out of his way.
The guard also noted that the large cats traveling with
Ringling were always confined to their cages unless they were performing, that he
did not see any of the animals provided with regular access to water, and that he
was told that the circus does not travel with a veterinarian.
Ringling paid a $270,000 fine to settle charges brought by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, but the
complaints keep coming in.
The man who came forward is a trained veterinary assistant
who had been in the process of filling out a job application to work in an
animal-care capacity for Ringling. After witnessing Ringling's mistreatment of
the animals, he immediately closed his Ringling employment application and
Please take a moment to e-mail
the Humane Society of the Pike's Peak region and urge them to take swift enforcement action against this blatant cruelty.
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