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Musician Joins PETA in Calling On Obama for Prosecution of Ringling Bros. Cruelty Cases
For Immediate Release:March 30, 2011
Contact:Shakira Croce 202-483-7382
Washington-- Grammy-winner and expectant mother Pink has just sent a letter on PETA's behalf to President Barack Obama asking him to direct the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to reopen and prosecute three cases of egregious cruelty by the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. In 2006, the USDA told then-Senator Obama that it would "pursue appropriate enforcement action." However, the three cases—which involve the deaths of a young lion and a baby elephant and the videotaped beating of another elephant—were closed with no action taken.
"The nation has recently witnessed such lax regulatory enforcement and abdication of responsibility in the cases of the West Virginia mining tragedy, the BP oil spill, and the banking scandals—with dire consequences," writes Pink. "The USDA's Office of the General Counsel must be held accountable in the performance of its duties and the promise that animal protection will be secured under the law."
Pink's letter to President Barack Obama follows. For more information, please visit PETA.org.
March 30, 2011
The Honorable Barack ObamaPresident of the United States
Dear Mr. President,
In 2006, you made an inquiry to the USDA, in behalf of your constituents, regarding the status of three cases of egregious cruelty by Feld Entertainment (dba Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus). At that time, you were assured that the USDA would "pursue appropriate enforcement action" in all three cases. However, the USDA's Office of the General Counsel has yet to take enforcement action of any kind, and evidence of Ringling's cover-ups, interference with investigations, and tampering with evidence are contained in the USDA's own records and in sworn testimony.
My friends at PETA are now challenging the Office of the General Counsel's inaction and petitioning the USDA to begin enforcement proceedings. I am writing to respectfully request that you direct Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to prosecute these three cases involving Ringling's illegal conduct in the following incidents:
I ask that a member of your staff meet with PETA's captive-animal protection staff in order to discuss this matter. The nation has recently witnessed such lax regulatory enforcement and abdication of responsibility in the cases of the West Virginia mining tragedy, the BP oil spill, and the banking scandals—with dire consequences. The USDA's Office of the General Counsel must be held accountable in the performance of its duties and the promise that animal protection will be secured under the law. PETA and I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you for your consideration.
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