USDA Files Charges Against Cole Bros. Circus

July 2010 

PETA filed complaints with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regarding two elephants, Tina and Jewel, who were forced to perform despite being severely underweight and who were sent to an unlicensed exhibitor with a long history of violating the Animal Welfare Act. The USDA filed charges against Cole Bros., including for failure to provide adequate veterinary care to the elephants and failure to hire personnel capable of caring for them.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“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

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind