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PETA Says President
Negligent in Failing to Order USDA to Confiscate Crippled and Beaten Elephants
From U.S. Circuses
For Immediate Release:October 24, 2012
Contact:Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382
Richmond, Va. -- Brandishing a sign that reads, "Mr. President: Tell USDA to
Confiscate Beaten Circus Elephants," PETA's enraged
"pachyderm"—who, although often mistaken for a Republican, doesn't
belong to either party—will protest in Richmond on Thursday as President Barack
Obama prepares to deliver a speech. The group is calling on the president to
step in and order the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to do its duty and
confiscate elephants used in circuses who are trained, disciplined, and
punished with bullhooks (heavy weapons resembling fireplace pokers with a sharp
steel hook at the end) in violation of the federal Animal Welfare Act. Last year,
PETA's complaints against Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey
Circus—"the cruelest show on Earth"—resulted in the biggest fine
in circus history, $270,000. Cole Bros. Circus was also recently
fined for animal welfare violations.
When: Thursday, October 25, 7 a.m.
Where: The Carillon at Byrd Park, near the intersection of Blanton Avenue and Park Drive, Richmond
"The 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. "PETA is calling on the
president to urge the USDA to take action—and
on parents to keep their children away from the circus."
Please note that PETA is a
501(c)(3) organization dedicated to stopping the abuse of animals and promoting
healthy vegan eating. We take no position in support of or opposition to any
political party or candidate for public office.
information and to view photos and video footage of Ringling trainers abusing
elephants, please visit PETA's website RinglingBeatsAnimals.com.
Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights? Read more.