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Commissioner Makes Jumbo-Sized Blunder

Written by PETA | February 28, 2011

While serving as the honorary crueltymaster ringmaster at a performance of the Atlanta-based UniverSoul Circus, Clayton County Commissioner Eldrin Bell made a grand mistake by making a grand entrance on an elephant. It seems as though the commish might need a refresher on state law, because riding an elephant is illegal in Georgia.

Now the Georgia Department of Natural Resources is investigating UniverSoul Circus and the company that leased it the elephant. Not surprisingly, UniverSoul’s animal suppliers have repeatedly failed to meet the minimum standards for animal care required by the Animal Welfare Act. Apparently, one of the conditions of UniverSoul’s state exotic-animal permit is not allowing anyone to ride an exotic animal. Possible penalties for breaking the rules include fines and revocation of permits. Can we vote for both?

Maybe this will teach Bell to limit his elephant rides to Dumbo The Flying Elephant at Disney World

 This should be illegal everywhere.
 Aidan Jones/cc by 2.0

Written by Michelle Sherrow

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  • melmac says:

    It seems as though the commish might need a refresher on state law, because riding an elephant is illegal in Georgia. >>>>>>>>>>> LOL – there are MANY laws on the record now that are archaic and not enforced. If you want have this enforced, encourage your congressmen to reinforce it instead.

  • Hayley says:

    Thank you for posting this story. I am from Atlanta and read this in our newspaper and was absolutely disgusted. He claimed he did this for the children and would do it again for them. Clearly he didn’t research the history of abuse and neglect this circus has with its animals, not to mention the danger the children were in while watching him ride an abused, wild animal. This makes me embarrassed to be from this city. I would hope he would use better judgment in the future, whether riding an elephant is legal or not.

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