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Friday, July 24, 2009

Ringling Brothers Circus- The Cruelest Show on Earth

Again, I'm showing another video about the treatment of circus elephants. You don't have to like PETA to realize this is inhumane. Hell...I don't care much for a lot of their tactics, by some of their radical members, but as a whole, they do a lot to expose animal cruelty and help to stop the exploitation. The next time your kids want to go to the circus, remember this video!


The feds have launched a probe of Ringling Bros. after undercover video showed trainers hitting circus elephants with whips and bull hooks.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Wednesday it will review footage to determine if "The Greatest Show on Earth" has violated the Animal Welfare Act.

"We take the protection of animals very seriously," said Dave Sacks, spokesman for the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, an agency within the USDA.

"We will initiate a thorough investigation and provide the findings as soon as available."

The video was made by a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals activist who posed as a Ringling stagehand for six months this year.

It appears to show trainers leading the animals toward the stage while striking them repeatedly across the head, legs and body.

PETA - which has accused Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus of mistreating the elephants for years - has filed formal complaints with the USDA, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and agencies in seven states.

It also called for Madison Square Garden, which hosts the circus in New York, to cut all ties.

A Garden spokeswoman said executives will "discuss this kind of matter with [Ringling Bros.] directly and not through the media." At Ringling's summer circus in Coney Island, news of the video didn't worry ticket holders.

"They shouldn't be abusing the animals to give pleasure to children - but I saw the elephants. They looked calm," said Laurie Bisco, 55, of New Jersey.

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