UniverSoul Circus Cited for Abusive Behavior Toward Elephant

Published by PETA.

PETA has just learned that local law-enforcement officials have cited both UniverSoul Circus and Larry Carden, the elephant exhibitor performing with the circus, for violating Atlanta’s cruelty-to-animals law—specifically, the provision that prohibits “abusive behavior towards an elephant.” The move comes after a whistleblower reported to PETA today that a handler with the circus forced an apparently fearful elephant to leave the stage by inserting a bullhook—a sharp metal weapon that resembles a fireplace poker—into the animal’s mouth.

UniverSoul Elephants, Trainer Brandishing Bullhooks


What You Can Do

Because abuse with bullhooks is the norm when elephants are forced to perform, PETA urges everyone to stay far away from any circus that uses elephants.

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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