After Sacramento officials caved in to pressure from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and allowed elephants who are likely suffering from painful arthritis to hobble through shows last weekend—even though there’s a city ordinance on the books that’s supposed to protect animals in traveling shows—PETA protested outside Tuesday’s City Council meeting in behalf of the elephants. Several of the elephants had been observed limping and walking with stiff legs and short steps—strong indications that they are badly hurting. These elephants should have been retired years ago.
Next stop, Stockton, California, where we’ve asked Mayor Ann Johnston to pull these ailing elephants from the show.
Written by Jennifer O’Connor