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UPDATE: Ringling Elephants Reportedly Locked Up for More Than 30 Hours Straight

Written by Jennifer O'Connor | August 14, 2014

Update: PETA has filed another complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) after learning that, in preparation for Ringling Bros.’ San Diego run, elephants traveling with the circus were apparently confined (and almost certainly chained) in boxcars from the time when they were loaded in Anaheim to when they were unloaded in San Diego—at least 32 and a half hours later. If true, this would mean that the elephants couldn’t all lie down at once, couldn’t turn around, and wouldn’t have had windows or fresh air. We’re asking the USDA to investigate this prolonged and stressful confinement and take appropriate enforcement action.

Originally posted on August 11, 2014:

PETA has received a photograph and video footage of elephants traveling with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus as they were being walked to the arena in Anaheim, California, on July 31. The photograph, taken by a passerby, shows an elephant—likely Bonnie—with three long abrasions on her side. Ringling appears to have tried to cover up the wounds with a gray powder called “Wonder Dust,” which the circus uses to conceal wounds inflicted with bullhooks (weapons that resemble fireplace pokers with a sharp metal hook on one end).

Ringling Bros. Elephant with Abrasions on Side

PETA sent an urgent request to the U.S. Department of Agriculture calling on it to conduct an immediate inspection of the elephants with Ringling’s Blue Unit, determine the cause of the abrasions, and ensure that the elephant is receiving proper veterinary care.

Ringling’s long history of cruelty includes both abusing elephants with bullhooks and transporting elephants in unsafe transport enclosures, either of which may have caused this elephant’s injuries.

What You Can Do

Bullhooks are banned in Los Angeles and other municipalities. Contact PETA for materials on how to get a ban imposed in your area.

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  • ces magnifiques animaux n’ ont rien à faire dans un cirque !!! si l’ inspection demandé révèle des maltraitance , il faut sanctionner durement les fautifs et retirer ces animaux!!!

  • Sandy Demers says:

    I can’t afford to send any money now. I’m sorry. But the thought of those precious elephant’s in chains and locked up for 30 hrs. Makes me furious! It isn’t right at all. NO MORE CIRCUS!!!!!

  • I went to Ringling Barnaby & Bailey circus tonight: here’s what I wrote! to them: I went to one of your shows tonight. I really must say we enjoyed it, until WE saw the Elephants… they had burns on their backs ! it made me sick. I felt so sorry for them even for the lion’s & tigers. they didn’t look happy either .I think they better change I told them. those animals pay their wages! they make the circus money & pay their wages! . you might fool a lot of people but not like people like me. I love the circus. its fun but not fun for the animals. they show that they are not happy! so who are they trying to fool? US? I don’t think so… so please change your policy . so people like us can enjoy the circus. but after seeing the show tonight, I wont go anymore instead I’ll put my money into better use. & I will tell other people

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