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Emaciated Elephants Still Performing

Written by PETA | June 8, 2009
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When we heard that during a recent USDA inspection of Maximus Tons of Fun LLC—an elephant act performing with Shrine Circuses—inspectors found that Tina, Jewel, and Boo, three elephants traveling with Maximus Tons of Fun, have lost a combined 1,280 pounds over the last year, we were outraged.

While dropping some pounds to get your body beach ready may seem like a good idea for you, this amount of weight loss could indicate that these elephants are suffering from a potentially deadly illness or are not being provided with adequate food and proper nutrition. We’ve filed a complaint with the USDA and asked that it ensure that these elephants are taken off the road immediately.

This isn’t the first time that Tina and Jewel have been in danger because of severe weight loss. In 2007, Tina and Jewel were traveling with Cole Bros. Circus when a whistleblower reported that the elephants were emaciated. After we filed a complaint with the USDA, the elephants were removed from the road to recover, but it wasn’t long before they were forced to rejoin the circus.

We’re hoping that the USDA will act swiftly to ensure that these animals are pulled off the road again—and this time, permanently.

Luckily, some people are getting the message that all elephants who are forced into the circus industry are plagued with chronic illness and lead lives full of misery. Garden City Circus and an entire city in Queensland, Australia, have completely removed animals from their circus performances.

Written by Liz Graffeo

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  • Melva Rooney says:

    The elephans are the most sensitive animals in our planet. How could anyone abuse these beautiful creatures? So much to learn from them but man in his greed is exterminating the animal kingdom. The Cole Bros. Circus should be closed forever and the animals return to their natural habitat Africa.

  • Alexandra Merritt Balsley says:

    I awoke in the middle of the night and had left the tv on. The program was showing brutality to elephants and how they are “broken”. It was the most vicious brutal thing I have ever seen. I could not sleep for the rest of the night and I could not watch the rest of the “show”. I went on line the next day to see who was caring about these magnificent creatures I was happy to see there were others like me who pine over the abuse of these precious animals. I saw where Tina and Jewel had been rescued from Wilbur Davenport but I guess because Queenie was in pretty good shape she could not be taken from the miscreant. Please tell me that you can get her away and to the Sanctuary. It’s been about a week now and I can’t get the verbal picture out of my head Queenie swaying side to side when her only family was taken to San Diego Zoo and she was left with all alone to suffer further cruelty. I know where the Devil is now and the Devil is Man here on earth. I pray every night and I cry that Queenie will go to The Sanctuary before she get too sick to live much longer and that she lives out her life in peace and safety and love. I know she is not the only one by far but in my minds eye I see her swaying and stressing about being left alone with no family support. God help them all.

  • Cinthia says:

    Reading stories and looking at these poor elephants my heart breaks!!! I am so sorry for what they have to suffer to please a bounch of idiots attending circuses. Cruel trainers should be ashame of themselves. I would use the same cruelty to them personally. I am serius I would say training the traines”let them screem” punching on their faces when they screem to much. Same things they do to animals. SHAME ON YOU CIRCUS PEOPLE!

  • Giorgio Picinelli says:

    I just watched one of the video PETA posted about the reality of the circuses.Being involved with animal rights it wasn’t the first time but every time it hurt me so bad that it makes me cry.How can those “people” do things like that is totally beyond my comprehensionas well as I can’t understand how can people take their cildren to the circus…but to see what???to have what kind of fun???? Somebody should do the same things those idiots do to the animals to them!! Let them try that and see if they like it..Parents watch some of the videos before taking your children to the circus then you’ll tell me if you are still so happy to go there…and I’d like somebody explaining to me where is the EDUCATIONAL part of this so called entertainement.. Thanks PETA for all your effort!!

  • Sheila says:

    yes ban circus acts with animals they are beaten starved tortured to play the part. and I don’t want to hear any whining about ‘my kids have a right to see animals in the circus’ because they do not no one has the right to abuse any animal for any reason and that includes entertainment. teach the children to have compassion for all living creatures.

  • Brittany Valdes-Pages says:

    That makes me so sick. You would think they would be taking better care of their animals that are just as much a part of the show as the people. As far as circuses go they don’t have the best reputation for taking good care of their animals.

  • amanda says:

    I do not like the fact that animals are taken out of their enviroment and put in one where they are made to do pet tricks while being abused neglected and mistreated I will never take my children to a circus

  • Wendy says:

    This is outrageous! This is so offensive to me and makes me mad beyond belief and yet so sad beyond belief! Why can’t this stop? I can’t imagine anyone going to a circus and enjoying this crap!!!Enough! This is extreme animal abuse and should be banned and not be tolerated EVER! These animals are suffering at the hands of VERY stupid people who only care about dollar signs and decimal points! This ruins my day!!!!!!!!

  • Brien Comerford says:

    Mankind has fallen so far from grace evidenced by the daily mistreatment and genocide of the animal kingdom don’t be surprised if cannibalism becomes fashionable.

  • christa burger says:

    To the sight owner Error! oh my I’ve just realised that my comment might not read correctly so sorry. please make changes needed it might at first glance look like I think the suffering is good newsgulp! I was just so happy to see about Australia’s actions….

  • christa burger says:

    This is the best news!! thank you PETA for all you are doing. my heart and prayers go to TinaJewel and Boo and all the other animals in captivity.. and Well done Australia!!!!! You will be blessed for this step in the direction of total compassion you may now win the next rugby game against South Africa I give you permission! lol! Love Christa

  • roxanne says:

    Not NYC we have rotten politicians who has no compassion and ethic no wonder the animals are abused and there is so much corruption in NYC. Those who lack compassion also lack ethics.

  • Joanna says:

    Maybe the elephants are like NED who recently died. They could be suffering from stress which affects their digestion and gives them ulcers. After years of chaining social depravation and other unnatural things it would be no surprise if these wonderful wild animals were near the end of their ability to cope. Save them before they are too far gone as happened to NED.

  • carla says:

    Circuses should be banned. People who go to these are just as idiotic as the jerks who run them. It is Animal Abuse! Wake up Please!!!!!!!