Demand Carson & Barnes Circus Retire Abused Elephants


Target: Owners of Carson & Barnes Circus, Barbara and Geary Byrd

Goal: Remove elephants from circus shows so that they may be released into sanctuaries.

Carson & Barnes Circus has a history of allegedly treating its animals inhumanely. The U.S. Department of agriculture has recently cited the circus for failing to provide one of its elephants with proper veterinary care. The elephant had lost 500 pounds in the previous months. Clearly, a veterinarian should have been called months prior, but Carson & Barnes staff failed to do the moral thing for its animals. This is a blatant disregard for the humane treatment of these majestic creatures.

According to the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), employees of the circus have been caught on camera beating their elephants. The circus’ animal care director was allegedly videotaped “viciously attacking elephants with a bullhook, shocking elephants with an electric prod, and instructing trainers to embed sharp, metal hooks into the elephants’ flesh.” No animal should be treated this way for the sake of entertainment and profit.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circuses have recently decided to retire their elephants from their shows. If these circuses have the ability to do the right thing for their elephants, so should Carson & Barnes. It would be a wise ethical and financial decision to retire their elephants by placing them in sanctuaries where they will be much happier and healthier. Sign the petition below to tell Carson & Barnes that it is time for the circus to make the humane decision and release its abused elephants to an animal sanctuary.


Dear Barbara and Geary Byrd,

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circuses have recently retired elephants formerly used in their shows so that they may be released into sanctuaries. If these circuses have the courage to release their elephants so that they are given a better life, so should you. Elephants do not deserve to be viciously attacked with a bullhook or shocked with an electric prod for the sake of entertainment and profit.

It would be a wise decision to release your elephants into sanctuaries, as consumers appreciate buying socially conscious entertainment and products. By releasing your elephants, you may attract new customers who value the notion that their money is being ethically spent. It is likely that profits will increase if you publicize the compassionate and socially just act of retiring your elephants.

Elephants should not be subjected to abuse for the sake of entertainment and profit. These animals deserve respect just like you and I. In a sanctuary, the elephants will enjoy a better quality of life where they can relish in their freedom. If you truly care for your elephants, you know that they will be much happier in a sanctuary rather than continuing to be part of the circus act. I urge you to do the right thing by retiring all of your elephants to sanctuaries immediately.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Kate Foley says:

    It is a travesty and a tragedy that we are still faced with this vile abuse in a so called enlightened world.

  2. Karyn Miller says:

    Save elephants from circus.
    retire them to sanctuary

  3. Karyn Miller says:

    Save the elephants

  4. Maria Rossi says:

    It’s barbaric!

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