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PETA Wants President to Order USDA to
Confiscate Crippled and Beaten Elephants From Circuses
For Immediate Release:September 8, 2012
Contact:Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382
Tampa, Fl. -- Accompanied by someone in an elephant costume holding a sign that reads,
"Mr. President: Tell USDA to Confiscate Beaten Circus Elephants," PETA
members will converge on St. Petersburg College on Saturday as President Barack
Obama prepares to deliver a speech. The group is upset that although circuses
train, discipline, and punish elephants using bullhooks (heavy weapons
resembling fireplace pokers with a sharp steel hook) and that it's the duty of
the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to protect these animals from
sustaining routine beatings that violate the Animal Welfare Act, the agency is
not confiscating them.
When: Saturday, September 8, 8:30 a.m.
Where: St. Petersburg College, 9200 113th St. N.
PETA has filed
complaints against Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus—"the
cruelest show on Earth"—regarding baby elephants who are beaten into
submission as well as elephants routinely beaten behind the scenes just before
they go on stage in order to remind them who's "boss," among many
other instances of abuse. Last year, these complaints resulted
in the biggest fine in circus history—$270,000. Cole Bros. Circus also
recently paid a fine to settle numerous violations of the federal Animal
Welfare Act for failure to care for elephants properly.
government has taken an important step by fining these cruel circuses, but now
it must confiscate the lame, overworked, and beaten elephants," says PETA
Foundation Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Delcianna Winders.
"Until then, what remains to be done is for the public to be made aware of
this chronic abuse so that people will know to keep their children away from
elephant will appear at numerous events with President Obama across the
For more information and to view
photos and video footage of Ringling trainers abusing elephants, please visit
PETA's website RinglingBeatsAnimals.com.
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