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PETA Files Sworn Cruelty Complaint as Circus Continues Las Vegas Performances
For Immediate Release:June 15, 2012
Contact:David Perle 202-483-7382
Colorado Springs, Colo. -- Based on a whistleblower's report
that an animal attendant with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus—the
same unit of which is now performing in Las Vegas through Saturday—beat a
chained elephant with a bullhook at the World Arena in Colorado Springs in the
very early morning of June 10, PETA, together with the whistleblower, has filed
a sworn cruelty complaint with the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region.
The whistleblower, who was working as a security guard at
the arena, states that he saw a Ringling employee hit an elephant on her leg
with full force at least six times in a manner that the whistleblower describes
as "violent," "excessive," "angry," and
"without warning." The attendant continued striking the elephant, who
was chained by two legs, even after she had moved out of the way. The
whistleblower also noted that the large cats traveling with Ringling were
confined to their cages unless they were performing, that none of the animals
had regular access to water, and that the circus does not travel with a
"This isn't the first time someone has reported
Ringling's elephant abuse to PETA, and it surely won't be the last," says
PETA Foundation Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Delcianna Winders.
"Apparently, not even last year's $270,000 fine from the U.S. Department
of Agriculture was enough to convince Ringling Bros. to stop beating and
neglecting the animals it forces to perform in its shows."
The whistleblower is a trained veterinary assistant who had
been in the process of filling out a job application to work in an animal-care
capacity for Ringling. After witnessing Ringling's mistreatment of the animals,
he immediately closed his Ringling employment application and contacted PETA to
report his observations.
For more information, please visit RinglingBeatsAnimals.com.
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