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Group Obtains Records Indicating Ringling Permitted to Perform Despite Numerous Violations of State and Local Laws
For Immediate Release:October 31, 2012
Contact:David Perle 202-483-7382
Chicago -- Chicago's Office of
Inspector General has issued a report calling for changes in the way that the
city handles circuses and other animal exhibitors. The report follows
investigative requests submitted by PETA in 2010 and again in 2011 after public
records revealed that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus was allowed
to perform in the city despite numerous and serious violations of both local
and state animal-protection laws and that no enforcement action was taken. New procedures, which go into effect in 2013, could mean
that some elephants with Ringling suffering from painful foot and joint
ailments could be prohibited from performing.
"The changes recommended
by the inspector general are a step forward and should result in greater
oversight, but the only way to end Ringling's chronic and well-documented abuse of elephants
and other animals is an outright ban on circuses that use animals," says
PETA Foundation Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Delcianna Winders.
"Animal-protection laws are enacted for a reason, and it's time that the
city of Chicago stopped giving Ringling a free pass and enforced those
The following is just a small
sample of the issues identified in records obtained by PETA—all of them
apparent violations of laws requiring adequate veterinary care:
Chicago Animal Care and
Control has committed to increasing training for all inspectors and will also
have increased discretion to take enforcement action.
For more information, please visit PETA's website RinglingBeatsAnimals.com.
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