Target: Mayor Tom Tait of the city of Anaheim and the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Thomas J. Vilsack.
Goal: Stop the cruel treatment of circus animals, demand they receive proper veterinary care and are protected against cruelty and abuse.
It is no secret that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has little concern for the welfare and condition of its animals, which is confirmed by images, videos, and undercover investigations. After the collapse of a circus elephant named Sarah following a show in California, it is time to speak out against the lack of medical care these animals receive.
The living conditions of Ringling Bros. circus animals are unnatural and inhumane. They are transferred from one show to the next without any rest, being forced to constantly stand on their feet and perform for long periods of time. Forced to endure intense physical labor and violence, only to later be chained up and shipped to the next city. As a result, circus animals develop medical disorders, deformities, and illnesses.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus neglect injuries and diseases of their animals. Because of this, Sarah the circus elephant, collapsed after her performance in Anaheim, California. PETA provides the report of an eyewitness stating that Sarah fell down after struggling to climb the ramp to a boxcar, “a Ringling crew member intimidated and forced the elephant to get up and into the railroad car.”
The animal welfare organization asked independent and experienced veterinarians to look at video footage of Ringling Bros.’ performing elephants. They state in the article the elephant “is clinically lame to the point of being crippled”, adding later that “Her condition is painful and she should not be performing”. It is the obligation of the people to demand these animals get adequate veterinary care and medication.
Dear Mayor Tom Tait of the city of Anaheim and the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Thomas J. Vilsack,
There is adequate evidence that confirms the cruel treatment of Ringling Bros. circus animals inflicted by its own employees. Elephants like Sarah who collapsed after her performance in Anaheim, California, are inevitably developing serious health issues due to abuse and lack of veterinary care.
It is concerning that as the mayor of Anaheim, where the incident occurred, and as secretary of the US department of Agriculture, these animals’ desperate and urgent cry for help can be ignored.
These atrocities and inhuman acts have to stop, the American public would not enjoy circus entertainment if they knew behind the curtains elephants were suffering from disabling medical conditions and lack of proper care. The incident of Anaheim, California cannot be ignored, and as mayor I urge you to take a stand against animal cruelty.
Secretary of USDA carries the burden of protecting these animals and charging circus owners for incidents of abuse. The evidence against Ringling Bros. is clear, however the enforcement is missing. I urge you to protect animals against the cruelty they receive from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
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