Written by PETA
actor and Miss Chicago 1946 Cloris
has sent an appeal on behalf of PETA to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel asking that when
Ringling Bros. and Barnum
& Bailey Circus comes to town today, city authorities keep in mind local ordinances that
prohibit cruelly forcing animals into undue exertion and harboring sick or injured animals unless they are under the care of a veterinarian.
Ringling's last stop in Chicago, federal
officials cited the circus for numerous violations of the Animal Welfare Act,
including failure to provide a young, chronically lame elephant with adequate
care. In the ensuing year, independent elephant experts have found
that a number of elephants (including Sarah,
who collapsed in August) traveling
with Ringling are chronically lame and exhibit signs of life-threatening
arthritis. Yet Ringling continues to haul these sick and aging elephants across
Please join Cloris
by calling Mayor Rahm Emanuel at 312-744-3300 and follow up by sending a polite
e-mail to him, his chief of staff,
and his press office asking
that authorities ensure that Ringling comply with Chicago's laws prohibiting cruelly
forcing their elephants into undue exertion.
by Jennifer O'Connor
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