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PETA Catches Illegal Exhibitor in the Act

Written by Michelle Kretzer | November 1, 2012

When the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) permanently revokes an animal exhibitor’s license, it means game over—that person or company can never again exhibit animals. But Lancelot Kollman, aka Lance Ramos, a notorious animal abuser who flagrantly disregards the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), must think that he is above the law. PETA caught Kollman in the act, exhibiting tigers with the notorious Hawthorn Corporation at a Shrine circus in Fort Worth, Texas.

For animals in circuses, there is no such thing as “positive reinforcement”—only varying degrees of punishment and deprivation. 

PETA has passed this evidence on to the USDA, prompting a formal investigation into both Kollman and Hawthorn. PETA is demanding that the agency pursue criminal charges against Kollman and permanently revoke Hawthorn’s exhibitor license. This is far from the first run-in either one has had with the law.

When the USDA yanked Kollman’s license in 2009, he had racked up quite a rap sheet for cruelty to animals by denying animals veterinary care, clean water, and adequate shelter; forcing them to live in unsanitary conditions; using physical abuse as a “training tool”; abusing two young lions to the point that one of them died; and starving an elephant so much that he was a full ton underweight when the USDA took the extraordinary enforcement action of confiscating him.

The Hawthorn Corporation brought Kollman onboard despite his well-documented history of animal abuse and neglect. That’s no surprise since Hawthorn doesn’t exactly play by the rules. The USDA knows Hawthorn well: The first time it ever exercised its authority to seize an elephant was from the Hawthorn Corporation, after an extensive campaign by PETA. Hawthorn had allowed an elephant named Delhi to stand in undiluted formaldehyde, which resulted in severe chemical burns, and then denied her proper veterinary care for her wounds. Hawthorn was subsequently ordered to relinquish custody of 16 additional elephants. The USDA has also suspended Hawthorn’s exhibitor license twice, fined it a total of more than a quarter of a million dollars, and issued numerous cease-and-desist orders.

Hawthorn’s litany of more than 60 violations of the AWA includes feeding animals moldy and fly-infested food, denying sick animals veterinary care, forcing tigers to live in tiny transport crates for months at a time, using unsafe handling practices, and keeping tigers who were not compatible in small cages together, which resulted in several tigers’ deaths. In a span of just nine years, at least 32 tigers owned by Hawthorn died. Many of them were young, and many of them died under circumstances that were entirely preventable, such as from unsafe and unsanitary conditions.

Urge the USDA to show Kollman and Hawthorn that they are not above the law. Ask the agency to pursue criminal charges against Kollman and permanently revoke Hawthorn’s license. Enough is enough.

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  • elise says:

    it makes me sick knowing someone could put any animal through this kind of torture! his licence should be taken away and he should put be in jail and see if he likes being locked away!!

  • Carol DeLange says:

    Treat him the way he treated the animals in his care. That would teach him. Let him starve to death!!!!!! Beat him until he begs for his life!!!!

  • Alaani loves her Rottwielers says:

    he should be stopped

  • ali says:

    I HATE people like kollman and hawthorn! How dare they! they are a disgrace to the human race!

  • hyeyoung says:

    Kollman should be confined in jail just like the tigers he killed.

  • Dr Williams B Serra says:

    I am just disappointed how they are allowing such a person to be permitted under the Shriners Name to continue in this manner. What people forget is that we all live in a planet called EARTH, and their is only one escape DEATH. So what you do will affect your relationship with others, Human or Non-Human.

  • kawm vang says:

    animals are dying off quickly and we animals lover don`t need more animal dying. they all themselves human well to animal they are the animal and monster because of what they do. animals are just like humans too. just because we don`t understand the animals does not mean we can kill them. it just like killing someone who you don`t even know. if Kollman and Hawthmorn or other who experiment want animals to test on why not use their family or each other for whatever they want to do. i may just be a 16 years old kid who everyone think is stupid and should not get into adult business well let me tell you and everyone else who is reading this, children and teenagers are getting smarter we learn more and more we know more and more as we grow. People says we don`t understand well we do just that we don`t tell because we are scared that no one will listen to us because are just kids. but back to the what i was saying we don`t need more animals dying because with out them, animals, we will never live. some people think we have a lot of animals but we don`t anymore so please stop killing animal and help them we need them alive like how we need to live.

  • Kimberly Billera says:

    This man is a disgrace to humans. Take his liscense away and then throw him behind bars in a cell where the sun does not shine.

  • Alexandra says:

    Please pursue criminal charges against Kollman and permanently revoke Hawthorn’s license