Circus-Bound Truck Crashes With 8 Endangered Tigers Onboard

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PETA is urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to take action after a truck carrying eight tigers wrecked on a Michigan highway en route to a circus performance in New York.

Although the media hasn’t revealed the identity of the exhibitor involved, PETA has reason to believe that the tigers were likely being used by Carlos Quinones, who works for the notorious Doug Terranova. The USDA knows Terranova well.

The driver was likely hauling the animals as part of a tour with the Carden Circus—which is currently exhibiting in New York—when he hydroplaned and lost control of the truck. The vehicle slid off the road and jackknifed in the median.

PETA is calling on the USDA to ensure that the tigers are examined by veterinarians and receive any medical attention that’s needed following the ordeal. These endangered animals should never have been on an interstate in a tractor trailer to begin with. Animals used in circuses are routinely victims of dangerous traffic incidents:

Last year, a tiger named Suzy was shot and killed after she escaped from a truck while Feld Entertainment (the parent company of Ringling Bros. circus) was exporting her and 13 other tigers to Europe to be used in circuses there.

Dead tiger lying in back of truck

When a truck used by the now-defunct exhibitor Hawthorn Corporation broke down last year, the driver left 12 tigers trapped inside without food or water while he checked himself into a motel and slept.

One elephant died and two more were injured when a truck hauling them to performances crashed on a highway in Spain.

A Carson & Barnes Circus truck was hauling elephants when the floor dropped out of the vehicle and started a fire.


Llamas, camels, ponies, and zebras were trapped inside a truck trailer after the driver, who was taking them to perform in the UniverSoul Circus, lost control and the vehicle flipped.

Two elephants used in Shrine circuses were forced to hold up a truck that was about to overturn after the driver wrecked in Louisiana.

And the list goes on and on. PETA urges everyone to patronize only circuses that use willing human performers. Animals are not acrobats, tight-rope walkers, photo props, or car jacks. Tell UniverSoul Circus that it’s time to get animals out of the act.

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