Written by Michelle Kretzer
After hearing from PETA, the city of
Corona, California, ordered the Ramos Bros. Circus to halt its illegal display
of exotic animals immediately.
Apex Feline|cc by 2.0
PETA received several calls from
members telling us that Ramos Bros. was displaying exotic animals,
including zebras and camels, which is illegal in Corona. We promptly contacted
the city, which sent an inspector to the circus. After the inspector
confirmed that Ramos Bros. was illegally displaying exotic animals, the city
ordered the circus to remove the animals or be shut down, noting that Ramos
Bros. had previously been informed of the prohibition on displaying exotic
The U.S. Department of Agriculture
has repeatedly cited Ramos Bros. for violations of the Animal Welfare Act, and
numerous citizens have called PETA to report disturbing abuse that they
witnessed, including observing a large number of scars on animals' bodies and
seeing animals confined to cramped, filthy enclosures with no access to water
This victory sends a strong message
to cruel circuses that abuse won't be tolerated. Join PETA's Action Team today to help enact a similar ban and work to help animals
in your community.
Written by PETA
Business as usual at the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) has just cost the university a whopping $62,500. That's what KUMC has agreed to pay in fines after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) found 160 violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act. This means that KUMC has the distinction of forking over one of the highest settlements ever paid by a laboratory for violating animal protection regulations.
But the cost for the animals was much higher. Monkeys at KUMC were so traumatized that they pulled out their own hair and paced their cages ceaselessly—which is what monkeys do when they're forced to live in tiny, barren spaces without anything to do day after day, year after year, and when the lab staff can't be bothered to provide the psychological enrichment that's required by law. Animals were also denied adequate veterinary care and even pain relief after surgery.
The USDA's citations also confirmed what we uncovered about KUMC last year: Experimenters weren't even providing an adequate rationale for using animals, as the law requires. PETA filed a complaint last December with university officials because KUMC still cuts up pigs for surgery practice, even though more sophisticated non-animal methods are available. Nearly every other medical school in America, including Harvard and Stanford, ended the use of animals long ago for a very good reason: Practicing human surgery on animals is kind of like learning to fly a jet by riding a bicycle.
In April, PETA asked the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which funds many of the animal experiments at the university, to demand a refund of thousands of dollars of grant money that had been spent on experiments that violate federal regulations. There's still no word on whether NIH plans to add to KUMC's fiscal woes.
Written by Alisa Mullins
you have a general question for PETA and would like a response, please e-mail Info@peta.org. If you need to report cruelty to
an animal, please click
here. If you are reporting an animal in imminent danger and know where to find the
animal and if the abuse is taking place right now, please call your local
police department. If the police are unresponsive, please call PETA
immediately at 757-622-7382 and press 2.
Follow PETA on Twitter!
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.