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Eyewitness: Elephant Beaten Until She Screamed at Kelly Miller Circus

Written by PETA | August 13, 2013

An eyewitness has come forward to report appalling cruelty to an elephant at the notorious Kelly Miller Circus. The observer, who was on circus premises on August 8, reports that she and her son saw a handler—part of a Carson & Barnes Circus unit traveling with Kelly Miller—use a “stick” that had a sharp hook on the end (i.e., a bullhook) to beat an elephant who was carrying four children on her back. The elephant was reportedly hit so hard that she “screamed,” with each strike producing an audible “whack” sound. The witness swore out an affidavit describing the beating, and PETA has asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to investigate.

This is just the latest in a series of recent reports by concerned citizens of abuse and neglect by exhibitors with the Kelly Miller Circus. Other eyewitness accounts described physical abuse and tight, unsafe tethering of animals. While we hope that the USDA will act to protect these animals from further abuse, it’s vital to remember that all animals used by circuses are suffering – please never attend any circus that uses animals, and choose animal-friendly entertainment instead.

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  • Ellen Ewers says:

    STOP STOP STOP STOP STOP STOP……..NOW!!!….PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!!!

  • Ellen Ewers says:

    STOP STOP STOP STOP STOP…NOW!!!!!!!!!

  • Esther Ruiz says:

    No a los animales enjaulados, No al uso de animales para nuestra diversión. Ellos tienen sentimientos y si no los entiendes presta más atención o es que te falta un peldaño evolutivo

  • Paul says:

    Ban circuses with animals, make it illegal the same way bull baiting and bull fighting is illegal.

  • amanda Kearns says:

    why can’t they stop this or band this!!! this is so cruel!!

  • petra steiner says:

    NO ANIMALS IN ANY CIRCUS MEANS TO RESPECT THEM FOR WHAT THEY ARE – BORN TO BE FREE NOT FOR ENTERTAINING HUMANS AND MAKING PROFIT OF ABUSING THEM!

  • William A. Cheslock says:

    ““The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the ways its animals are treated”

  • christina says:

    This is sick and barbaric. I will never set foot at a circus, fair or zoo in my lifetime.

  • Philippa Horvath says:

    This is appalling. I’m so sick & tired of hearing how cruel humans are to defenceless animals. Elephants are intelligent animals & should have the right to be wandering freely with their herd. I’ve never been to, nor will I ever go to any circus that has animals.

  • Rachel Wiseman says:

    I am absolutly disgusted. Animals are not for our entertainment!! how dare anyone beat this elephant If i was there you may have got a beating with the bullhook but i wouldnt be there as i think animal circuses are scum.

  • Isabella Ireland says:

    Circuses is no place for wild animals. Circuses abuse animals.

  • orna bar says:

    it makes me cry i wish i could be there to give them a big hug and say sorry that we didn t do something sooner

  • simone maes says:

    no anmals in circus : please we are not in middle-ages

  • Sharon says:

    When is this going to stop? This circus and others need to be shut down.

  • Efimova Polina says:

    That’s horrible

  • etienne saint vregord says:

    Circus People around the world has not understood or got it into their head yet that people will not see Elephants and other animals in the circus. Elephant mother is carrying the fetus for 22 months, at in the end of pregnancy, she is chained up with large chains around her feet, she is totally stressed and despair when she soon will give birth to her baby, and when it is born, you steal her baby, this is pure brutality and terror against the sensitive Elephant mother. Everyone people know that you from the very first beginning start with sadists torturing work in the circus to get the baby to do abnormal things that are so terrible for a small Elephant-Baby :( This continues throughout the life to the elephant , and we all hate it:( ridiculous things that no one likes. We know what kind of sadists who work behind the circus around the world !! This must for God’s sake be stopped. Let the Elephant live in peace and live in their natural elemnet as they are created!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Rachel Bell says:

    Bullying and terrorising is unacceptable. In schools, the workplace and most certainly with the ‘use’ of animals. It is all the same and will not stop on all levels until we exercise a zero-tolerance policy. Circuses are cruel, outdated, ignorant practises and those who actually pay to attend need to be educated at best, prosecuted at worst. Seriously, what IS the matter with people, including audiences?? Just stop being a horrible person. Easy.

  • liz sanchez says:

    I think any abuse to animals is out of order .. all wild animals should be back in the wild .. free .. and we as human beings should leave them alone to live out their lives in peace .. The cruelty of these sub humans makes me want to do the same to them just to see how they like it ,, morons all of them

  • Crystal says:

    This is horrific. It makes me sick that people can abuse animals because they don’t have a voice. Circuses with animals, should be banned.

  • SARA says:

    I am not shocked anymore at this… I AM SICK!:.. IT IS TIME TO STOP THE ABUSE PEOPLE!!:.. STOP THE ABUSE!!! THEY ARE PEOPLE OF A DIFFERENT SPECIES!… THEY DESERVE RESPECT! IT´S TIME YOU OPEN YOUR EYES!!:.. STOP THE ABUSE!

  • Sarah Le Couteur says:

    Wake up America – what are you doing allowing these bastards to continue operating. This is utterly appalling in a so called civilised society – utterly shameful. Close the circuses down, lock up the operators, throw away the key and release the poor poor animals into a sanctuary.

  • Audrey Klesta says:

    Circuses are TORTURE for animals! These innocent creatures deserve our protection!!! Boycott circuses of all kinds!

  • Maja L says:

    Stop this nonsense!!!!

  • swathi says:

    stop using animals for our purpose

  • Sydney Schmidt says:

    SEND ALL ELEPHANTS IN CAPTIVITY TO SANCTUARY!!! STOP THE ABUSE & CRUELTY!!!!!

  • shamir shah says:

    We DONT need animals subjected to cruelty to entertain us

  • Caren Kipling says:

    It’s time for animals not to be used and abused in any way. It’s obvious that this handler doesn’t care for the elephant at all.release this elephant and other performing animals to sanctuaries where they can gave a better life than now.

  • Connie Becker says:

    This is barbaric. I will NEVER attend a circus, any circus that uses animals again. Now you know why occasionally, they turn on the trainers. They need to be left in the wild. This is not entertainment.

  • emma says:

    Stop all animals bring used in circus. The elephants are beautiful honest creatures and do not and sjouldbnot be hurt and punished for our intertainment

  • Ryan Colket says:

    Really no words for this, except that it hurts my heart. I wish I could hold this angel and comfort her. She deserves a life with freedom and companionship.

  • Michelle says:

    Elephants are beautiful, strong, loving animals. They are no different, emotionally than any pet you may have in your home. Do not think that because they are big that they do not feel pain, they cry & they bleed just like us. They have babies & tight knight families just like us. Treating an animal with abuse rather than kindness shows YOUR inhumanity. Would you treat a member of your family that way? How about your pet? They are an animal too. It is imperative that this abuse stop immediately & these animals are given to sanctuaries, waiting & willing to take them in & care for them. Human performers are entertainment enough. Please stop this abuse & murder.

  • Shauna says:

    People are suppose to be smarter than animals….yet, we look ridiculous when we do acts that we know cause pain to the creatures that share our world.

  • Marge says:

    I will never attend a circus again .Please stop this abuse at all circuses

  • don mccomb says:

    against animal cruelty

  • Salma Al-Hagin says:

    Why all this cruelty ? Please ban circuses all over the world.

  • janet goodfellow says:

    I will never ever understand how a human being can en-flick such terrible pain and suffering on these majestic creatures. I feel sick to my gut. Please shut down Circuses. Ringling Brothers you disgust me !!!! SHAME ON YOU ALL !

  • John lowery says:

    Release them and prosecute the handlers

  • Ken says:

    Shut down all the Circus’s & Zoos ! They are NO longer Fun ,just Cruel !

  • Gina says:

    Circuses should be illegal !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Debbie Olmsted says:

    USDA please investigate the latest complaints against the Kelly Miller Circus for elephant abuse.

  • monika mccomb says:

    against animal cruelty

  • laura foreman says:

    This is unbelievably sad and horrific. How does anyone think this is alright to beat and hurt animals. I will never go to a circus, neither will any of my kids, families, and friend

  • laura says:

    This is unbelievably sad and horrific. How does anyone think this is alright to beat and hurt animals. I will never go to a circus, neither will any of my kids, families, and friend

  • camila kattah says:

    animals shouldnt suffer for human entertainment!

  • Darlene says:

    This is pure evil treatment for these innocent creatures. this behavior has to stop and the perpetrator has to be punished.

  • joy says:

    stop physical abuse of elephants..Do not use animals at circuses… thank you…

  • Joey Yon says:

    A circus is supposed to be for enjoyment but hurting animals is not enjoyable for the animals nor the guests that witness the abuse.

  • Petra E.T. Wallgren says:

    This cruelty is a crime.

  • michelle staples says:

    Absolutely not. It amazes me that these videos are so commonly shown on the internet and yet the perpetrators of these horrific crimes are not punished. Why not? Circuses can’t be THAT powerful; they can’t contribute THAT much to the pockets of politicians!

  • Theresa Huang says:

    It makes me heart broken! How can we save these elephants in the circus and any other country like Thailand to use elephants as the slaves and prisoners to do the things they did not want to do? Don’t go to the circus is not the only way! We have do something to stop these things happened in the earth!

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