Exhibitor Uses Electric Prod to Make Zebras and Camels Perform

Published by Michelle Kretzer.

Another day, another round of citations for abuse of animals in the circus.

This time, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has cited an exhibitor with the Kelly Miller Circus—which PETA has tracked for years—for using an electric prod on zebras and camels during a circus performance.

Camels in circusRyan KC Wong

This is far from the first time that the Kelly Miller Circus has worked with exhibitors who’ve been caught abusing animals. In 2013, PETA shared eyewitness reports that handlers at Kelly Miller performances had whipped zebras and camels. One zebra limped in pain after the whipping. When not being forced to perform, camels and zebras were also observed tethered so tightly that they could barely move.

Animals deserve better than circus abuse.

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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