‘Injured Elephant’ to Confront Circus World Paradegoers

Cruel Company Hires Exhibitor Caught on Video Viciously Beating Animals

For Immediate Release:
July 25, 2014

David Perle 202-483-7382

Baraboo, Wis. – PETA’s bandaged “elephant” will be outside Saturday’s Big Top Parade to protest the fact that Circus World continues to hire Carson & Barnes Circus, which was the focus of a PETA undercover investigation that revealed a Carson & Barnes training session during which the head trainer attacked elephants with a steel-tipped bullhook and electro-shocked them. Despite the appeals of nearly 85,000 concerned citizens who have contacted Circus World, the company still hires Carson & Barnes.

When: Saturday, July 26, 1 p.m.

Where: Along the parade route near Fourth Avenue and Broadway Street, Baraboo

“PETA’s motto says, in part, ‘Animals are not ours to use for entertainment or abuse in any other way,’ and Circus World should evolve to follow the same principle,” says PETA Foundation Deputy General Counsel Delcianna Winders. “It must stop hiring cruel animal acts.”

Last year, while at Circus World, the U.S. Department of Agriculture cited Carson & Barnes after the agency found an underweight elephant with visible hip bones and shoulder blades—one of more than 100 citations that this circus has racked up for neglecting and abusing elephants and other animals, endangering the public, and other Animal Welfare Act violations. Carson & Barnes also supplied the elephants who escaped at a Shrine circus in March.

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