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Group Also Urges City Never Again to Host an Animal Circus After Camel Escapes Into City Streets, Endangering Herself and the Public
For Immediate Release:November 29, 2012
Contact:David Perle 202-483-7382
Glendale, Calif. --Today, PETA
dispatched an urgent letter to Glendale Mayor Frank Quintero and other
city officials urging them to immediately revoke the permit allowing the Ramos
Bros. Circus to perform in the city. The letter follows a November 23 incident,
in which a camel used by the circus escaped and ran toward a busy intersection,
causing traffic to screech to a halt and alarming children and other residents.
In the letter, PETA points out that the city's circus permit ordinance bestows
Glendale officials with the authority to revoke the circus's permit in response
to this incident, which unlawfully jeopardized public safety. PETA also informs
the mayor of the circus's abysmal history, including operating without a
required federal license, and reports that the circus has forced animals to
live in their own waste and has restrained animals so that they couldn't even
stand up. PETA is urging the mayor to push for a law banning the use of all
exotic animals for exhibitions in the city.
Bros. Circus has repeatedly demonstrated its indifference to animal suffering
and its contempt for the laws meant to protect those animals and the
public," says PETA Foundation Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement
Delcianna Winders. "The potentially fatal escape of a camel should serve
as the straw that breaks the back of the Ramos Bros.' welcome in
Ramos Bros. unlawfully displayed zebras in Corona, Calif., in violation of a
city ordinance prohibiting the exhibition of wild or exotic animals, expressly
including zebras. After PETA reported the violation, the city took immediate
action to enforce the ordinance.
PETA has also submitted a formal complaint to the U.S.
Department of Agriculture requesting an investigation into the camel-escape
information, please visit PETA.org.
letter to Glendale Mayor Frank Quintero follows.
November 29, 2012
Frank Quintero, MayorScott Ochoa, City ManagerJess Duran, Director, Community Services & ParksParks, Recreation & Community Services Commission MembersGlendale City Hall613 E. BroadwayGlendale, CA 91206
Re: Ramos Bros. Circus in Glendale, Calif.
Dear Mayor Quintero, Mr. Ochoa, Mr. Duran, and Commission
I am writing on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of
Animals (PETA) and its more than 3 million members and supporters—many of whom
live in the Glendale area—regarding the Ramos Bros. Circus ("Ramos
Bros."), which is currently performing in Glendale. As you are likely aware,
last week a camel
escaped from Ramos Bros. and galloped down Glendale Boulevard toward a busy
intersection, causing a traffic jam and endangering both herself and the
public. We strongly urge to the city to exercise its authority to immediately
revoke Ramos Bros.' permit since the circus has clearly constituted "a
nuisance," has disturbed "the peace of the persons in the
vicinity," and has been "deleterious to the public peace … [and]
welfare." See Glendale City Code § 5.48.070.
Ramos Bros. has demonstrated a persistent and flagrant
disregard for applicable federal and local laws that pertain to animal welfare
and public safety. In addition to this most recent incident of public
endangerment, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently cited Ramos
Bros. for operating without a required federal license. PETA has received
numerous complaints from concerned members of the public that Ramos Bros. regularly
abuses animals, including tying them up so tightly that they cannot stand,
forcing them to live in urine- and feces-filled enclosures, and failing to
provide them with water. Just this past June, Ramos Bros. unlawfully exhibited
zebras in Corona, Calif., in clear violation of a city prohibition on the
display of wild or exotic animals. When PETA notified Corona officials, they
took immediate action and ordered Ramos Bros. to remove the prohibited animals
from the city.
In accordance with the Glendale City Code, I strongly urge you
to take proactive steps to protect public safety, peace, and welfare by
immediately revoking Ramos Bros.' permit and prevent further endangerment to the lives of humans and
animals by ensuring that this is the last time that Glendale hosts a circus
that uses animals. May I please hear of your decision by the end of the day?
Very truly yours,
Carney Anne Chester, Esq.CounselCaptive Animal Law Enforcement
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