Written by Jennifer OConnor
Notorious animal abuser Doug Terranova may not work for peanuts,
but the $25,000 fine that he was recently slapped with by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for violating
the federal Animal Welfare Act has to have put a dent in his bank account.
PETA has been keeping tabs on
Terranova—who rents animals to circuses, fairs, TV shows,
and movies like Spy Kids 2 and Rushmore—for years and has filed multiple complaints about his careless handling of elephants and tigers.
In one incident, an elephant named Kamba, whom Terranova had
rented to a circus in Oklahoma, escaped and ran onto the highway, where she was
hit by a vehicle and sustained several injuries, including a fractured carpal
bone, a broken tusk, and numerous abrasions. The USDA confiscated
a tiger cub from Terranova after two other tiger cubs died in his care at the
Iowa State Fair.
The USDA has stipulated that when
Terranova's license comes up for renewal, it will be renewed only if he no longer owns, handles, or exhibits elephants. In the meantime, Terranova
is still on the road and will be performing with the Shrine Circus.
Boycott the Shrine Circus, and
ask your local Shriners to stop sponsoring animal acts.
Written by PETA
UPDATE: Last week, Doug Terranova resigned from his position as zookeeper at the Dallas Zoo citing "issues in his business and personal life". Let's hope he stays far, far away from any animals.
An exotic-animal trainer's days of abusing exotic animals may be coming to an end. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has just heard the complaints against Doug Terranova, who has trained and provided elephants, big cats, primates, camels, and other animals for commercial use by circuses and television shows.
In 2009, PETA filed a complaint with the USDA after Kamba, an elephant in Terranova's care, escaped while on loan to a traveling circus and was struck by a sport utility vehicle on a highway outside the circus arena. It was at least the second time that Kamba had escaped and run amok.
PETA requested that Kamba be confiscated, and she was later taken to the Dallas Zoo for rehabilitation. The zoo subsequently purchased Kamba and Congo, another elephant previously in Terranova's care. Terranova was hired as a keeper at the zoo, although his employment status may change depending on the outcome of the hearing. The USDA could impose fines or restrict Terranova's license to exhibit animals. We'll keep you posted.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
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