Written by PETA
Bobby and Moira Roberts,
the owners of Britain's Bobby Roberts Super Circus,
have been charged in connection with the appalling beating of an elephant named
handlers were caught on tape pummeling with a pitchfork and a club. Anne has
since been moved to a better situation, but the Robertses will still have
to answer for causing Anne to live in misery,
chaining her continuously, and allowing her to be beaten.
It's time for U.S. government officials to be
equally active. Elephants used by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus are routinely beaten with bullhooks and traumatized during
abusive training sessions.
Click here to ask the U.S. Department of Agriculture
to stop ignoring, dismissing, and deferring
Ringling's violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act.
by Jennifer O'Connor
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.
As if being beaten and sodomized at 5 years old weren't
enough to endure, Rose-Tu, an elephant at the Oregon Zoo, is facing her second forced
The Oregon Zoo paid
a $10,000 federal fine after authorities found that this youngster had
sustained 176 gashes and cuts after being repeatedly struck with a bullhook—a
heavy baton with a sharp metal hook on the end—that was also used to sodomize
her. It's little wonder that Rose-Tu's first forced pregnancy resulted in the chaining
of the confused and frightened mother after she kicked
elephant-breeding programs are indefensible. The mortality rate
for babies is high, and no baby who manages to survive will ever be released into
the wild. If Rose-Tu's pregnancy is successful, her baby may eventually be shipped to Have Trunk Will Travel,
an outfit caught on tape abusing elephants, including a baby.
Remember: The way that
you can make the most difference for animals like Rose-Tu is by never buying a
ticket to the zoo.
Written by Jennifer O'Connor
Remember how PETA called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture
(USDA) to order Ringling
Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus to
remove a sick elephant named Sarah from the road? Well, Sarah is still being prodded into boxcars and arenas, despite the fact that
she is suffering from a chronic infection and arthritis—which is why The Daily Show correspondent
and star of the highly anticipated Aaron Sorkin HBO series More as This Story Develops Olivia Munn
has added to PETA's pleas with one of her own:
Sarah even collapsed earlier this summer in California while being loaded onto
the circus's train, yet Ringling had her up and performing in the very next
Please click here to join PETA and Olivia now in calling on the USDA
to seize Sarah and transfer her to a reputable
facility where she can get the care and treatment that she so desperately
needs. And urge the agency to comply
with its legal duty to notify the U.S. attorney general of
the serious dangers to Sarah's health so that a temporary restraining order or
injunction can be obtained to protect Sarah's well-being.
Written by Jennifer O'Connor
Toka, Thika, and Iringa—the three elephants at the Toronto Zoo—will
soon be on their way to paradise. By a vote of 31 to 4, the
Toronto City Council overwhelmingly agreed that California's Performing Animal
Welfare Society (PAWS)
sanctuary is a much more appropriate home for these elephants. Earlier, there
had been a push to send the three to another zoo.
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PETA and our colleagues at Zoocheck Canada kept up the pressure,
writing to councilmembers and mobilizing Canadians to make their opinions
known. Now, these three elephants will know the joys of roaming freely,
swimming in ponds, taking dust baths, and socializing with other elephants.
PAWS has a history of healing and restoring quality of life to elephants who
have become debilitated from years in captivity.
TV icon and animal defender Bob Barker has offered to pay for the elephants' relocation to the sanctuary at a cost
estimated to be between
$100,000 and $300,000.
As an unrelated bonus, the City Council received a standing
ovation when it also voted to ban
the possession, sale, and consumption of shark fins,
with hefty fines for violators.
Now, it's Lucy's
turn. Please click here to ask Edmonton
to follow their Toronto colleagues' lead and send this ailing and lonely
elephant to PAWS, and click here to
urge the Toronto Zoo and City Council to send Iringa, Toka, and Thika to the sanctuary without delay.
by Jennifer O'Connor
Update: Because it is illegal in Ohio to use a bullhook
on an elephant, PETA is offering a $5,000 reward to any arena employee who
documents use of the bullhook if it leads to a citation against Ringling Bros. circus.
Originally posted October 4, 2011
star, animal defender, and Ohio native Chrissie Hynde has sent a letter to Cleveland officials to remind them
that there is a ban in the state against using prods
like bullhooks and "hot
shots" on animals in circuses and asked for confirmation
that humane authorities would make sure Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
doesn't use them on elephants when the circus comes
to town next month. In
response the letter, the mayor wrote that the city shares Chrissie's concerns
and that "[a]n inspection will be conducted and the event monitored to
ensure that the use of bullhooks and other devices that cause harm to circus
animals are not used during the Cleveland event."
be watching to make sure that the mayor keeps his word, but we won't be
watching the circus, and neither should you.
Beatings, bullhooks, and betrayal: A scathing 10-page
article in the November issue of Mother
Jones magazine titled "The Cruelest Show on Earth" lays bare Ringling Bros. and Barnum &
dirty secrets. Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative reporter
Deborah Nelson has slammed the door shut on any doubts about the circus's entrenched
culture of animal abuse and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA)
repeated failure to take meaningful enforcement action against the circus.
Nelson details the painful and premature deaths of baby
elephants Kenny, Benjamin, and Riccardo and how the USDA barely addressed their
cases. She also discusses the trauma, terror, and painful wounds
that babies Doc and Angelica endured when they were forcibly removed from their
mothers. Ringling employees acknowledge that elephants suffer "hook boils"
(infected bullhook wounds), and records and interviews document that babies are
dragged away from their frantic mothers, that elephants spend days on end
chained in railroad boxcars, and that nearly all the elephants are suffering
from lameness. In addition, by 2008, more than a third of Ringling's elephants
were infected with tuberculosis.
USDA officials have admitted that they take an arms-length
approach to Ringling. Kenneth H. Vail, who served as the USDA's legal counsel
for many years, said, "If I were an elephant, I wouldn't want to be with
Don't wait to borrow a copy of the magazine—run out and buy
the November/December issue of Mother
know where Bill Maher got the shirt that he wore to perform at George
Washington University—'cause we made it. Lookin' good,
Rattinger/ GW Hatchet.
of making it: After becoming the first vegan to win a Food Network cooking
competition, chef Chloe
Coscarelli is still on a (vegan-buttered)
roll, making the world a better place for animals and our waistlines. Check out
her scrumptious new recipes on Eatocracy.
Anna Wintour took some heat for being cold-hearted
enough to wear several cold-blooded
animals on her back. "She looks like she got that at a consignment store
where pimps drop their coats off," said E!
news anchor Giuliana
proud animal friend who's "still
right here" is Melissa Ferrick, who is currently on
tour promoting her new album. The adoption advocate would love what Robert Downey Jr. and his wife, Susan,
are up to—the couple adopted a pair of cats their friend found
in a bush.
don't belong in the wild, but elephants certainly do, according to Coldplay, whose new video
features the band members dressed up as elephants
searching for "Paradise."
Written by Michelle Sherrow
In light of the new policy issued by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) that will minimize contact with
elephants as well as the use of bullhooks in AZA-accredited zoos, PETA is
renewing our call to the Occupational
Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to make
protected contact a requirement for circuses, traveling shows, and non-AZA
With protected contact, there is always a
barrier between handlers and elephants, which is not only more humane but also
much safer for both species. Bullhooks—heavy
batons with a sharp metal hook on the
end—are never used to beat elephants into compliance.
OSHA—whose mandate is
to protect workers—has acknowledged that "the issue of workers exposed to large animals
[is] a serious occupational health and safety concern," but the agency
nevertheless rejected PETA's previous call to require that captive elephants be
managed in the protected-contact system.
Even if OSHA doesn't act, the AZA's policy
an end to dangerous practices like the elephant rides at the Santa Ana Zoo, which are provided by an outfit called "Have Trunk Will Travel"
that has been caught on video beating
elephants with bullhooks. But the policy doesn't fully go into effect until
2014, and elephants can't wait. Please urge Santa Ana Zoo officials
to stop the cruel and dangerous rides without delay.
An elephant used by
a circus in Vietnam
trampled an 11-year-old
girl to death after the girl and some friends snuck into the area where the
elephant was shackled. The elephant, who had reportedly been taunted by children
earlier, lifted the child up and threw her down, repeatedly stepping on
Elephants are hardwired
to walk for miles every day. When their freedom
of movement is reduced to the length of a chain, they quickly become despondent, frustrated,
and unpredictable. In the U.S. alone, captive elephants have killed 15 people and
injured more than 135 in the past 20 years.
Never buy a ticket
to circuses like Ringling
Bros. and Barnum & Bailey that still
exploit elephants. Instead, enjoy spectacular cruelty-free productions like Cirque du Soleil
by Jennifer O’Connor
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