Written by Michelle Kretzer
he learned that Topsy, an elephant used by Piccadilly Circus, tested positive in two
tuberculosis (TB) screening tests, Maine's state veterinarian, Don Hoenig, barred the circus from taking her into
the state. Since Piccadilly didn't want its other elephant, Annette, to perform
without Topsy, neither elephant
will be forced to perform in Maine.
Elephants such as this one are in danger of suffering the same fate as Topsy
is adhering to the 2012 Guidelines for the Control of Tuberculosis in Elephants
recommended by the United States Animal Health Association (USAHA), which aims
to prevent, control, and eliminate disease. The USAHA recommends that elephants who test positive for
TB should be restricted
from all travel or public contact for a year since the disease is highly
transmissible to humans, even without direct contact. PETA has repeatedly urged
state and local health departments to protect the public when circuses are in
town by prohibiting the exhibition of elephants who have reactive TB screening
used by circuses have a heightened risk of developing active TB infections
because their health is compromised by the constant stress of traveling inside filthy, poorly ventilated boxcars. They are also
chained for up to 100 hours at a time and forced to perform unnatural
and sometimes painful tricks. Multiple elephants used by Ringling Bros. and George
Carden Circus have tested positive in TB screening tests but are still being
forced to travel and perform.
of the fragile health of TB-positive elephants and the risk to the public, PETA
has repeatedly asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to make
adherence to the USAHA guidelines a national requirement. The USDA even
announced its intention to
do so, but it has yet to act.
e-mail the USDA and ask it to protect elephants and the public from circus
owners who sacrifice safety for profit.
Written by Amy Skylark Elizabeth
collars, bondage, and beatings: E.L. James' best-selling novel reads like a circus trainer's handbook. But unlike
the consenting couple in the book, elephants in circuses don't have a choice when
it comes to being dominated. And if beating elephants into submission and forcing them to perform painful
acts isn't 50 shades of wrong, then my safe word's not "PETA."
So as soon as your partner unties you, please
sign this "contract"
to help stop circus cruelty.
You might recall that last fall, PETA convinced
Simon Property Group, the largest real estate company in the country, to ban exotic-animal exhibits
at all its properties. At one mall that Simon owns in Winchester, Virginia, Cole Bros. Circus makes an annual appearance during the city's Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival,
which means that Cole Bros. would have to skip this city altogether or use only
human performers in its show—no animals whatsoever.
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To our surprise, that is just what the circus
is doing! The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival announced that Cole Bros. had
created "a new-concept circus in 2012 entitled 'Circus of the Stars' that
they feel will be just as dazzling and just as amazing as previous circuses."
I'm of the opinion that seeing a circus replete with daring and funny human performers would be considerably more exciting than watching frightened, abused animals forced to do silly tricks.
Cole Bros. has a long history of repeatedly
violating the Animal Welfare Act and recently incurred a $15,000 fine after
PETA filed two complaints with the U.S. Department of Agriculture regarding the
physical safety and psychological well-being of two of its elephants. It was
also forced to pay $150,000 for illegally selling endangered elephants to
someone wholly unable to provide them with proper care, in violation of the Endangered
But this humans-only circus is a great
start toward making Cole Bros.' abuse of animals a thing of the past, and PETA
will continue working to have venues host only the circus's animal-free
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