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Whistleblower Reports Abuse During Lancelot Ramos' Illegal Tiger Act at Sarasota's Showfolks Circus
For Immediate Release:December 13, 2012
Contact:David Perle 202-483-7382
Sarasota, Fla. -- In the wake of a whistleblower's report that
Lancelot Ramos (aka "Lancelot Kollman"), the notorious tiger
exhibitor whose federal license was revoked in 2009, beat tigers onstage during
a performance at the 45th Annual Showfolks Circus in Sarasota on
December 8, PETA is offering a reward of $1,000 for video footage of Ramos
beating or otherwise physically abusing tigers that leads to a conviction.
Ramos has been cited by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in the past
for using abusive methods to train animals and even physically injuring two
young lions so severely that one died. Ramos
is also currently under investigation by the USDA for
exhibiting tigers without a USDA license in Texas in October 2012, as is the
Hawthorn Corporation—following a PETA complaint—which sponsored his act.
"Based on what has been reported to PETA, Ramos'
shameless disregard for animal welfare—and the law—has apparently gone beyond exhibiting tigers without a license all the way to beating
animals on stage in full view of an audience," says PETA Foundation
Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Delcianna Winders. "Animals
can't stand up for themselves, so it's up to people to do the right thing and
report the abuse of animals as soon as they witness it."
Ramos' other past violations of the federal Animal Welfare
Act include denying animals adequate veterinary care, clean water, and adequate
shelter; forcing them to live in filthy, unsanitary conditions; and starving an
elephant so much that he was a full ton underweight when the USDA took the
extraordinary enforcement action of confiscating him.
Anyone with information regarding the reported beatings at
the Showfolks Circus is urged to contact PETA at 757-373-0968. For more
information, please visit PETA.org.
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