Stop Elephant Cruelty at Ringling Bros. Circus

Target: U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Thomas J. Vilsack

Goal: Revoke Ringling Bros. Circus animal exhibitor license for horrific treatment of elephants

Children of all ages are invited to enjoy the spectacle that it is the Ringling Bros. Circus, including clown DJ Dean, Dmitri the Strong Man, Motorcycle Mania, Hand Balancers, and Epic Asian Elephants who are savagely beaten and tortured right up to the very second before the show!

Photographs and videos have been made public by Ringling whistle blowers, revealing the horrific treatment elephants are submitted to from capture through training. Enslavement usually occurs in infancy, when it is easiest for captors to break the animal’s spirit, essentially brainwashing them (through physical torture) into obedience. They are tied, contorted, beaten, poked, and hooked. The beatings continue throughout the lives of the elephants. They are kept in poorly ventilated boxcars for up to 60 or 70 hours at a time when travelling. These are all blatant violations of the Animal Welfare Act and punishable by criminal law.

Ringling has already been cited by the United States Department of Agriculture several times for animal cruelty. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture has imposed the biggest animal exhibitor fine to date ($270,000) on Ringling. The next step, which should be taken immediately, is to revoke the circus’s right to detain elephants altogether. Please sign below to put this step into action.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack,

It is now public knowledge what Ringling’s trainers are doing to their elephants. After coming home from the circus, the six year-old child can hop on the computer and see the same great elephant they saw standing on its hind legs in all its glory, only now being cussed at with hooks in its skin by a trainer on YouTube. Public knowledge of the cruelty should not be reason in itself for the revoking of Ringling’s exhibitor license, but it should serve as impetus for immediacy in that revocation.

Please conduct an immediate investigation and initiate criminal action against Ringling and any other responsible parties, including permanent revocation of the circus’s exhibitor license.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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11 Comments

  1. i thought these assholes closed down already…globally circuses are stopping….what is the prob here???no morals,just hungry for money..greed-shame on you!!! we all know how they treat their animals!!! so many under cover exposed!

  2. “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

  3. Signed and sharing and hope it works but where are all of the cruelty to animals organizations at? Or doesn’t circus animals count?

  4. POR FAVOR MENOS CRUELDAD PARA ESTOS POBRES SERES INDEFENSOS.MEJOR CALIDAD DE VIDA!

  5. gill oliver says:

    would love to do the same to the people, what they are doing to these animals, they dont need barbaric items to make them perform, a happy animal, makes all the difference. and also i suppose when talking about humans , not so lucky as the majority of us, if only they were happier. the methods, are stressful to watch, on fb… how on earth would it be stood in front of these animals, they dont ask to be treated like this. totally un called for.

  6. claudette poppe says:

    je déteste qu’ on se fasse du fric sur le dos des animaux, ils sont tous petits et ne savent pas ce qui leur arrivent, pauvres bêtes parmis les hommes inhumains,
    il faut que çà cesse ces pratiques, ces hommes ne sont pas capable de faire ce qu’ils obligent l’ éléphanteau à faire.
    pauvre petit.
    claudette poppe

  7. THOSE ANIMAL TRAINERS ARE WAY TOO HARD ON THE CIRCUS ANIMALS, ESPECIALLY THE ELEPHANTS!!! THEY DESERVE TO BE FREE OUT IN THE WILD BUT NEED TO BE BETTER PROTECTED IN AFRICA FROM POACHERS FOR SURE!! SO SAD, NO ANIMAL DESERVES TO LIVE THIER LIFE IN A CIRCUS FOR PEOPLES ENTERTAINMENT1!!! PLEASE STOP THIS NOW!!!

  8. Have mercy on these innocent animals. You will never live in peace by troubling another soul. Would you inflict the same treatment on ur loved ones?

  9. Marla Renee Wilson says:

    Cruelty to animals should is so totally unnecessary. My heart goes out to these animals. People can be cruel and sadistic. I will sign any petition in an effort to stop this onslaught on innocent animals. It is time to get back to the garden.

  10. claudette poppe says:

    arrêtez de faire souffrir les animaux que dieu àa mis sur terre.
    s’ ils sont sur terre , c’ est que ils remplissent une mission au même titre que la notre.

  11. I just love animals! And another news… I just found out that Manila Zoo has a cute elephant named Mali, and she is the only elephant in the Philippines! She has lived there for almost all of her lives, for more than 30 years. The zoo should feel like her sweet and cozy home now. But then, I read some articles in PETAAsiaPacific.com, and I noticed that Mali is in fact sad and lonely! Look at her here: https://www.facebook.com/FreeMali. She is like a prisoner, who cannot spend her days with her friends, roam in vast territories, and have delicious adequate food! She even suffers from foot problems. Why does she deserve this? 🙁 Please Help Her!

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