Written by Heather Faraid Drennan
the thought of sitting in a car for hours on end with whining kids, a
hard-of-hearing grandma, and a cigar-puffing uncle this Thanksgiving weekend
makes you feel queasy, imagine making the trip in a poorly ventilated boxcar with no
heat. Upon arriving at your destination, instead of being greeted by welcoming
family members, a hearty meal, and a warm bed, you're prodded into a march to an
arena basement, where you're chained to a concrete floor until being poked and jabbed
into the ring and forced to perform meaningless, repetitious, uncomfortable,
and even painful tricks in front of a screaming crowd.
is a snapshot of the lives of the elephants who are dragged from one circus
show to the next—but a new bill before Congress could give elephants,
tigers, and other exotic animals used by circuses a reprieve.
Jim Moran of Virginia has introduced H.R. 3359, the Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act,
which would, among other measures, prohibit exhibitors from forcing animals to be
transported for more than 12 hours without a break and ban forcing animals to perform if they had
traveled within the past 15 days, effectively prohibiting circuses
from trucking the animals around the country for months at a time.
Internal Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus documents
show that elephants used by the circus are chained for up to 100 hours
straight (and an average of 26 consecutive hours per trip) while traveling between cities. Not
surprisingly, Ringling opposes the bill and has called it an "attack" on "tradition."
is spending mega-dollars to oppose H.R. 3359, which is why it is so important
that you take a moment to click here to contact
to ask him or her to support the bill or to thank your legislator if he or she
is already a co-sponsor. Let your representative know that animal abuse is not
a tradition worth supporting.
Written by PETA
Mr. Smith, where are you when we need you? PETA has learned that Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, not content with hiring an ex-CIA agent to spy on us, is now trying to use Congress to bully the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) out of doing its job.
According to sources on Capitol Hill, the staff of the House Committee on Agriculture, at the urging of a lobbyist for Ringling, summoned the USDA to justify an unannounced inspection (as inspections are supposed to be) that resulted in citations against Ringling for violations of the Animal Welfare Act, including failure to provide veterinary care to a young elephant who is suffering from chronic lameness. In response, PETA has sent a letter to the committee chair and ranking member asking for a meeting to discuss Ringling's long history of animal abuse.
When the USDA attempted to perform its inspection, Ringling employees refused to allow the inspectors to enter for more than an hour. Hmmm … makes you wonder what Ringling is trying to hide, doesn't it?
If you're shocked that Ringling has resorted to hiring spies and using Congress to sweep its abuse of animals under the rug, read this eye-opening Salon article for more on the circus's shady dealings.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
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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.