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Arena Employee Alleges Ringling Bullhook Abuse

Written by PETA | March 27, 2013

Less than a year after a security guard reported the abuse of a chained elephant by a bullhook-wielding Ringling Bros. circus handler in Colorado, an employee at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum—a venue where PETA captured Ringling bullhook use on video as part of a 2009 undercover investigation—has reported more bullhook abuse during Ringling’s March 2013 tour there.

 

PETA’s 2009 investigation of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus found that workers were beating, whipping, and hooking elephants and striking tigers. 

Based on the whistleblower’s affidavit, PETA has submitted a complaint to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), along with an urgent request for the agency to inspect Ringling while it remains in New York (through April 3). The arena staffer—who also noted that she saw no exercise pens set up for the tigers—complained to the Nassau County District Attorney Office’s animal-cruelty unit, which is investigating.

What You Can Do

Hasn’t being slapped with the USDA’s largest-ever penalty against a circus for violations of the Animal Welfare Act deterred Ringling from abusing elephants? Please politely urge USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack to finally seize Ringling’s suffering elephants and transfer them to a reputable sanctuary.

 

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  • Dawn says:

    ANIMALS IN THE CIRCUS HAS BECOME ARCHAIC. NO NEED TO TORTURE AND ABUSE THESE WILD ANIMALS ANY MORE. SEND THEM TO SANCTUARYS WHERE THEY CAN FINALLY HAVE A PEACEFUL LOVING LIFE. NOT FOR ENTERTAINMENT!! STOP THIS INSANITY NOW!!

  • Melissa D says:

    Animal abuse is illegal. Do not allow companies to abuse animals for profit. Animals are living beings, they have a different natural life style than us. Humans are corrupt and we should be caring for the animals living in this world amongst much better than we are!

  • Della says:

    Please help to stop this cruelty

  • Franco says:

    You think that your next performance will be peaceful? Wrong/

  • Sarah COffey says:

    Animals are here on earth for us to love them, not caged them, and abuse them. I am going to protest the circus, it is coming to town soon, here where I am, any help in this, is greatly appreciated! It will be the first time that I am protesting this event! I hope more people wake up to what is going on, it is NOT right to treat animals this way! They should be free!