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What Has Ramos Bros. Circus Done Now?

Written by PETA | May 22, 2014

Update: As soon as the Ramos Bros. Circus showed up in Los Angeles, people began to contact us to report that the circus’s animals looked sick and that they were jammed into filthy cages. Ramos Bros. failed to inform the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) of its whereabouts—which is a requirement so that the agency can conduct inspections—but following our complaint, a USDA inspector found that the circus has not updated its veterinary-care program since 2010, that camels and llamas had overgrown hooves (an often painful condition), and that animals were housed in enclosures with rusty, broken fences.

Updated on April 8, 2013: 

Update: Following PETA’s complaint that Ramos Bros. Circus was exhibiting exotic animals in Moreno Valley, California, without a USDA license, Moreno Valley Animal Services “ordered the circus to stop this activity at the Moreno Valley site” until it has the proper federal permits.

Originally posted on April 5, 2013: 

PETA is calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Moreno Valley, California, officials to stop performances by an unlicensed animal exhibitor. On April 2, the USDA canceled the Ramos Bros. Circus’ license to exhibit animals—without this license, it is illegal to exhibit animals. Yet Ramos Bros. is performing in Moreno Valley, in violation of federal law.

Brazen Illegality and Blatant Abuse

The circus’s disregard for the law is nothing new: The USDA has previously cited Ramos Bros. for operating without a license. Last year, when Ramos Bros. illegally exhibited exotic animals in Corona, California, PETA notified city officials, who took immediate action, ordering the circus to remove the prohibited animals from the city.

Ramos Bros. has a horrible track record when it comes to taking care of animals. In January, the USDA issued it a warning for violating the Animal Welfare Act after a 4-year-old camel ran into the street, endangering both herself and others. PETA has received numerous reports that Ramos Bros. ties animals up so tightly that they cannot stand, forces them to live in urine- and feces-covered enclosures, and fails to provide them with adequate water and shade.

What You Can Do

The abuse of animals is not entertaining. Please enlist everyone you can to help us end cruelty to animals in circuses and enjoy animal-free circuses instead!

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  • carol says:

    They are in El monte right now and it hurts to see the llamas, horses and zebras everytime I drive past it. They look so miserable, I have posted on my fb for all my friends not to go, how else can I help? :’((

  • jocelyn says:

    There going to be in el monte tommorow. Its their first show. My husband and I drove by where they are going to be giving their shows and just looking at their trucks and their conditions they looked horrible. Shut them down!!!!

  • Peggy Lee Postnikoff says:

    Please stop going to circuses and viewing such a barbaric form of entertainment. Please remove these animals from cruel people

  • Kat says:

    They are on roscoe again! Drove by! Today! Animals in small cages outside! We gotta shut this place down!!’

  • Michael says:

    People STOP GOING TO CIRCUSES and stop taking your CHILDREN to the Circus. If we all stop going then they wont be albe to stay in business. This RAMOS BROS.Circus is horrible. They dont care about the animals. Please take the animals away from them.

  • cameron2761 says:

    I will never understand why these idiots are allowed to keep the animals they treat so cruelly. Once found out, why aren’t these beautiful creatures taken away, and the circuses, zoos, etc. shut down? It is mind boggling!

  • THE REAL “BLAME” IS THE PEOPLE WHO VISIT THIS CIRCUS FOR ENTERTAINING. IF THEY STOP PARTICIPATING MAKING THIS PEOPLE RICH. THIS ANIMAL ABUSERS WON’T HAVE A CHOICE BUT SET THE ANIMALS FREE. THE USDA IS FULL OF S**** IF THEY WERE SERIOUS NONE OF THIS BE HAPPENING.HIS ANIMALS BELONGS TO THE WILDERNESS AND THEREFORE NEED TO GO WHERE THEY BELONG IF ANY ONE FEEL THEY NEED TO TAKE THEIR CHILDREN OR SEE EXOTIC ANIMAL’S I SUGGEST YOU TRAVEL AND GO VISIT THEM INSTEAD OF COMPLAINING WHICH IT DOESN’T MAKE IT BETTER. THE WAY THE ANIMALS BEING TREATED IS ALSO FAULT OF THOSE WHO PAY TO SEE THIS POOR ANIMALS BY MAKING COMPLAIN IS NOT HELPING, IF YOU REALLY WANT TO HELP HOW ABOUT YOU STRIKE TO HAVE THEM SET FREE…….

  • Hilda Geddes Higney says:

    HOW AND WY ARE THESE LOW LIFES ALLOWED TO EVEN BE NEAR ANY ANIMAL! ARE WE NOT CIVILIZED? WHY IS THE LAW PERMITTING THIS? ANIMALS NOT IMPORTANT TO THE NON CARING LAW MAKERS. MAKES USA LOOK VERY VERY NON CARING ABOUT ANIMALS DOES NOT LOOK GOOD FOR THE USA TO ALLOW THESE ABUSERS TO TORTURE THESE ANIMALS FOR YEARS AN YEARS. , BUT ANIMALS ARE VERY IMPORTANT, HOW ONE THAT HAS ANY KIND OF SELF RESPECT WOULD ALLOW THESE LOW LIFES TO CONTINUE ON AN ON, SHAME ON YOU,SORTA GIVES ONE A DIFFERENT OPINION OF USA, VERY VERY SAD THAT SUCH A GREAT COUNTRY WOULD NOT PUT A STOP TO SUCH TORTURE, TO ALL ANIMAL ABUSERS PUT THEM ALL 100% OF THEM WHERE THEY BELONG,,, IN PRISON FOR MANY MANY YEARS, JUST MAYBE THIS WOULD HELP STOP SOME OTHER ABUSERS WHEN THEY SEE WHAT AND WHERE THEY ARE GOING TO END UP???? THESE LOW LIFE ANIMAL ABUSERS SHOULD NEVER BE PERMITTED TO BE WITHIN 200 FEET OF ANY ANIMAL WHAT SO EVER, IN THEIR LIFE, NEVER. .COME ON USA PLEASE STOP THIS ANIMAL ABUSE, JUST MAKES YOUR NORMAL TAX PAYING HUMANS SICK, AND THE WORLD SICK,

  • Linda Murohy says:

    Shut them down and prosecute them for animal cruelty.

  • Jan Bowden says:

    This is disgraceful, telling them to get out of the city, or just fining them! Why have these animals not been taken from this circus vetted and re-homed?? Animals are not a commodity for man to make money from…. they are not ours to abuse, eat, wear, experiment or use in any way!!!

  • joyce s says:

    Animals have rights to. They should be taken care of and given the proper vet care. How would humans feel if they were put on display for the amusement of animals? This needs to stop and the animals taken care of.

  • susan coyle says:

    USDA needs to be revamped just like ALL THE OTHER GOVERNMENT INSPECTORS; BLM, WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT, ON AND ON AND ON. It never ends – citations up the glueteous maximas and the offenders keep right on down the road at the cost of the animal’s welfare. Government agents make boo coo dollars to write out a ticket with NO CONSEQUENCE to the receiver if they choose not to comply. NO ONE EVER GETS FIRED, meantime hundreds of animals are going hungry, in need of medical attention, forced to perform until that last ray of light has left their eyes Keep the complaints going because the agencies designed to protect the animals are the biggest problem, not so much the offenders

  • Jan Daws says:

    It should be illegal to use animals in a circus. The animals should be allowed their freedom in a sanctuary. Why are these people allowed to continually abuse animals, they should be imprisoned.

  • Lisa says:

    I will never understand why ANY use of animals in circuses A NY form of “entertainment” is considered ” legal” with a permit! And I KNOW that Barnum and Bailey are every bit, if not more, brazenly guilty of these issues…including severe torture on a consistent basis, starring and dehydrating, severe abuse, and also chaining up these beautiful, majestic creatures (ESPECIALLY ELEPHANTS), chaining them up for every hour they aren’t performing for these companies to make money!
    What these people don’t seem to understand is that many off these popular entertainment animals are actually on the endangered animal lists!!
    Please, let’s all come together and help free these dear animals from these prisons they are in, innocently, and give them the peaceful lives they deserve.
    Lisa R.

  • Mrs. Jane Rita says:

    “IF WE DO NOT DO SOMETHING TO HELP THESE CREATURES, WE MAKE A MOCKERY OF THE WHOLE CONCEPT OF JUSTICE.” – Dr. Jane Goodall

  • Cora howlett says:

    Animals should never be used to entertain people. Only people should be used to entertain other people!!!

  • Debi Lynn says:

    WHY HAVEN’T THESE ANIMALS BEEN “TAKEN” FROM THIS ABUSER????? INSTEAD OF JUST FINEING HIM….THE ANIMALS ARE STILL SUFFERING BADLY. PLEASE HELP THEM !!!!!!!!!

  • been going on for years?? under nourished animals, lack of adequate, qualified care,”DIETARY NEED’S) safety concern’s, both for general public, and animals well being, safety, and welfare! and they are STILL in Business??? wt??

  • Robert J Hoffman says:

    Shut them down and set them free.

  • kaydh says:

    Please stop! What you are doing is horrible and inhumane. What did those poor animals ever do to you? Create shows without animals please. What you are doing is disgusting.

  • orna bar says:

    i was 10 yrs old when i went to a circus with my mother and brother and sisters. as soon that i saw the tigers doing things they not suppose to do or want.the violence .. i just ran away and cryed since then i have a daughter and i m happy to see that she feels like me about circus{she never went to one.i just told her what i saw and she decided that the money should be spend on a good movie!} more parents should explain to their child about that horrible place

  • maria elicegui says:

    shut circus down!!

  • sandy says:

    Stop the unessary cruelty to the animals. Shame on you!!!!

  • Olivia Williams says:

    I hate circuses! When I hear anyone talking about how great the circus was it just makes me sick. Merlene Stuerzer-Rhodes Amazing information! I did not know that. I totally agree with you! : )

  • aysha says:

    circuses are so cruel!! shut them down!!

  • Merlene Stuerzer-Rhodes says:

    Please…always remember…the word ‘animal’ is a latin word, meaning ‘soul’ or ‘breath’. We are them…they are us…only the body is different.

  • suzanne sullivan says:

    Why are they even in business???

  • Diego de frizac says:

    Duro con ellos… circo sin animales