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Take Action! Judge Hands Down Ruling on Ringling Circus!

Group Organizer
Phoenix, AZ
Post #: 366

Dear friends,

The ruling by a federal judge in the lawsuit against Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus was not based on the lengthy record of indisputable cruelty to baby elephants, some of whom died during abusive training, or the cruelty to adult elephants who are beaten with bullhooks—the equivalent of a fireplace poker—time and time again. The judge's decision was based solely on the ruling that the former circus trainer and animal protection organizations do not have legal standing to raise these issues.

Just this year during an undercover investigation, PETA recorded Ringling trainers striking elephants with bullhooks backstage at circus shows. We also released shocking photos of baby elephants who were abused with ropes, chains, bullhooks, and electric prods at Ringling's training center.

During a six-week trial, evidence revealed that Ringling routinely abuses elephants with bullhooks and subjects them to prolonged chaining. Bullhooks have only one purpose—to inflict pain. The sharp metal hook bruises, punctures, and tears elephants' sensitive skin easily and often. Please use this convenient e-mail form to urge the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to end the use of bullhooks and chains on elephants.

Thank you for your compassion for animals.


RaeLeann Smith
Circus & Government Affairs Specialist
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
A former member
Post #: 2
"A US federal judge has rejected animal rights groups' claims that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus mishandles endangered Asian elephants"
woke up from a nap to read these headlines on my computer. I am sick, angry, and sad....going back to bed but not before I say a prayer for the elephants.
Group Organizer
Phoenix, AZ
Post #: 367
Hello Ken,
Thank you for your input and for your tireless efforts on behalf of these animals that need our defense.
Take care,

Tony M.
user 8126891
Phoenix, AZ
Post #: 11
here's more upsetting stuff. This is "Barack". Ringling's newest and youngest addition. He is only one year.­

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