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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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  • Jenny Luke says:

    Barbaric and outrageous methods.

  • Darrell Johnson says:

    How evil and cruel is this? Absolutely disgusting !

  • OMG will it never end

  • Michelle says:

    These “people” if you can call them that , are disgraceful. It is so sad.

  • kassandra says:

    Went to circus and took my daughter one year we got the early show and loved it but when were leaving we saw one of the ponies collapse from exhaustion this was in deep south Texas and it was 101° that day the animal trainer literally pulled and pulled until he got the ponie back up and continued to use her for the rides. I love seeing the acts but I never went to a Kelly miller circus again

  • I am standing in front of my school board this evening trying to get them to ban the Kelly Miller circus coming to our town next year. It’s hard to believe that I have to stand up in front of these people and explain to them how horrible animal circuses are…If anyone else has experience with kelly miller please reach out to me. I can use the facts!

  • Rebecca says:

    This makes me sick.I am very disturbed the way human beings treat these animals. In reality these people who can do this should be the ones to be tortured.

  • Linda Eckhardt says:

    DISGUSTING…EVERYONE ASSOCIATED WITH THIS INHUMANE TREATMENT OF THESE BEAUTIFUL ANIMIALS SHOULD SUFFER A COLD HARD DEATH!!!!!!!!!!! STOP!! LEAVE THEM ALONE. HUMAN BEINGS COULD BE ENTERTAINED BY OTHER THINGS. YOU DON’T NEED TO DO THIS FOR OUR ENTERTAINMENT. IT’S DISGUSTING.

  • Elisa Fuentes says:

    Save the elephants!

  • Monica ohlsson says:

    Stop using elephants in circus

  • Annette dowis says:

    These sick people need this done to them. I bet they would start screaming also. How do people like this get to work with animal.

  • Adriana says:

    BASTA DEL USO DE ANIMALES EN CIRCOS. BASTA DEL MALTRATO ANIMAL.

  • COLETTE HULETT says:

    NO NO NO NO NO THIS IS SO WRONG ON SO MANY LEVELS

  • shivani says:

    It is terrible we should stop them. It is so wrong.

  • Chantel says:

    Circuses with animals should be banned and animals put in sanctuaries. People who abuse animals are despicable and pathetic

  • MarinaBay says:

    What surprises me the most is the fact that governments are silent. They talk about rights and democratic principles of modern life but do nothing in reality. If it is business, that’s all. Governments are silent!!! Businesses are not touched at all!!!!

  • Kristi says:

    I can barely stand to read about this, but that doesn’t make it go away. People need to realize how inhumane circus shows are and that animals were not meant to entertain us like that. They need to be free in the wild and certainly not beaten and abused. This type of treatment must be stopped and the abusers need to be held accountable.

  • Kenda Flynn says:

    Outrageous ! This HAS to stop !

  • Gunnel Söderback says:

    Civilized people treat animals with respect.

  • sandee bixby says:

    I am so saddened by this story. That poor elephant. It is criminal and I truly hope something can be done to stop this terrible abuse!!!

  • Daniel Hofmann says:

    Stop the sick torture

  • BerniGirl says:

    It’s exciting to see animals in circuses, but PLEASE train them with LOVE, not cruelty!!!!

  • Samson says:

    Why is this circus still operating??? The USDA really should be acting on this

  • Ela Gotkowska says:

    It is so cruel to enslave wild animals!

  • Dawn Wells says:

    This is terrible. It should be banned to have animals in circus.

  • PATRICE BRANDT says:

    if all these witnesses are coming forward DO SOMETHING!!!WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE!! THOSE ANIMALS FELL JUST LIKE WE DO!!!!

  • allison bedford says:

    This should not be happening.

  • gs says:

    pls stop circus animal abuse!!!!

  • iLuvgreys says:

    Unless laws are passed to ban animal acts from circuses, IT will continue!!! Why can’t circuses perform stupid human tricks and leave these beautiful animals out. I’m 52 yrs old and never wanted to go to a circus because of this. They will deny mistreatment until the end, BUT we all know what’s going on. THESE so called trainers are nothing more than uneducated, ignorant, abusers who can’t find work doing anything else!!!!!!

  • Gloria McDonald says:

    STOP profitting at the expense of these beautiful animals..CLOSE the Kelly Miller Circus!!

  • Gaudinot Stacy says:

    pour les éléphants !!!

  • Leigh says:

    Kelly Miller Circus and all others should be banned. The abuse of these poor animals has got to stop. Profiting from their torture is unspeakable.

  • Marcia says:

    When are these atrocities going to stop……put these circuses and any entity that abuses animals out of business!!

  • sanjukta das says:

    try it on urself, then u will understand the pain that these poor animals go through everyday!

  • Marlene says:

    I agree: leave animals where they belong: in nature NOT as toys to play with or to sho off!!

  • Catherine Romero says:

    Please stop this!!!

  • Deb says:

    This is horrific!!! Is the elephant still there???? Get her out of there!!!!!

  • Gala Tercero says:

    it is unbelievable that animal circus still exist.

  • Monic Landry says:

    Why are these trainers not arrested for animal cruelty and why aren’t these elephants taken out of there? These people are sick but the sickest people are the ones who take their kids to see a circus who use animals. Please Government stop legislating on war and start legislating on animal abuse.

  • Karen Sinkler says:

    Please stop this senseless cruelty. I understand slow continuous mental and emotional torture as I have experienced it myself. There is no reason for these gentle animals to suffer such a fate. Let them be elephants. Let your children see them as they were meant to be – in the wild, with their families. Not in the hideous sick world of circus “entertainment”.

  • Beth Coe says:

    Take all animals out of circus’s – just use people!!

  • Lisette says:

    Animals don’t belong at the circus. Poor baby!

  • Geri Wynn says:

    I do not go to the circus because of their abuse of animals.

  • Diana Baumann says:

    Horrible! This shouldn´t happen.

  • joana pedrosa says:

    don’t you have feelings? animals suffer just like us! doing that to an animal or to a person is exactly the same thing! Please stop!

  • Ioana says:

    I cannot see the connection between cruelty and making use of animals. I condamn cruelty and I strongly believe animals deserve to be treated gently. Why do they beat these animals? Probably because their own “human stupidity” does not allow them to another way!

  • Judy Bethell says:

    Heartbreaking and stomach churning – It must STOP

  • David Andrews says:

    Disgraceful!

  • aurora arantes says:

    animals in circus must be forbiten , because it makes suffer and cruelty to the animals! Stop animals in circus!

  • christel says:

    I am glad to see Alec is a supporter. These circuses are ancient the worse is the stupid people going there.