Written by Jeff Mackey
As President Obama hits the road, he's finding himself dogged
by an elephant. PETA is asking Mr. Obama to direct the U.S. Department of Agriculture
(USDA) to start confiscating these abused animals, who are so cruelly trained and treated by Ringling Bros. and other circuses.
In fact, in the circus, abuse is the norm. Handlers frequently embed the sharp end of a bullhook into the soft tissue behind elephants' ears and knees and under their chins.
The USDA has the ability and the responsibility to seize suffering animals, and
yet the agency allows them to travel up to 50 weeks a year in cramped and
filthy boxcars and trailers, to be kept in shackles, and to be beaten. Even
lame elephants are forced to stand with all their weight pressing on their hind
legs and to perform tricks that can only be painful.
PETA's complaints against Ringling Bros.—filed over several years—regarding beatings and the death of elephants, including one particular baby among several who succumbed during training, resulted in the largest fine in circus
history. But while fining Ringling Bros. and then Cole Bros. circuses is a good step in the right direction, it is only small step, and it does nothing to abate the horrors that elephants are enduring right now. The
USDA must use its powers of confiscation and remove from abuse the dozens of elephants who are still suffering in circuses. That's why PETA is appealing directly to the president.
Please take a minute of your time to weigh in regarding these suffering elephants and push for them to get the retirement they deserve. Please use this form to urge President Obama to order the USDA to confiscate all ailing animals from Ringling and other circuses now. And, if Ringling or another circus is coming to your town, please contact us, and we’ll give you all the
information and materials that you need to convince people to stay away.
it is time to recognize the complexity of animal brains, their ability to feel love, loss, pain, and fear and so on and release them from their horrible plight of human exploitation without regard for comfort or safety or freedom from unnecessary pain. The circus is on my list.
you have a general question for PETA and would like a response, please e-mail Info@peta.org. If you need to report cruelty to
an animal, please click
here. If you are reporting an animal in imminent danger and know where to find the
animal and if the abuse is taking place right now, please call your local
police department. If the police are unresponsive, please call PETA
immediately at 757-622-7382 and press 2.
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Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights? Read more.