Target: Tony Carleton, Chief of Police – Tupelo, Mississippi
Goal: Find and convict the criminal that shot a circus elephant
Carol, a 39-year old Asian elephant employed by Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus, was shot in the shoulder in Tupelo, Mississippi. Carol was standing in the parking lot next to the circus tent, waiting the arrival of the children who would attend her afternoon shows, when she was fired upon from a moving vehicle. No one knows what the motivation for such an attack might have been, and the police have very few leads.
Carol is recovering from a wound between her ear and her neck with the help of her veterinarian, but it will be a few weeks before she is able to rejoin the circus. She was sent back to her home in Purple, Illinois – a town known for its circus community. Carol will recover there in relative peace for the next few weeks.
There is now over $21,000 being offered as a reward for information that would lead to an arrest, with PETA offering an additional $5,000. Whoever committed such an unjustifiable crime must be found and convicted as soon as possible. There is absolutely no excuse for such disturbing behavior, and no animal should ever be treated with such callous violence. Demand that the law enforcement agency in Tupelo, Mississippi do everything within its power to find and convict this criminal.
Dear Chief Carleton,
The recent drive-by shooting in Tupelo that targeted circus elephant Carol is a disturbing act of violence. It has undoubtedly affected the entire community, as is only to be expected. This sort of brutality is horrendous in any situation, but when used against an innocent circus animal, it is even more alarming.
The criminal who performed such a cruel act must be found and convicted. This level of violence is unpardonable, and needs to be answered for. The public must know that there are consequences for injuring innocent animals, especially endangered ones like elephants. Acts of violence should not be considered sport, or be done out of mere boredom. Whatever the motivations of the criminal were, he or she must answer to a court of law. This is an unusual crime, and the public must have answers. If there are underlying issues in the community, they will be discovered through finding the criminal, and they can then be addressed in the future.
This is why the Police Department of Tupelo must do everything in their power to find this criminal. It is imperative not only for the safety of the Tupelo community, but also for the cause of animal rights. Criminal behavior of this nature cannot be tolerated in any community, and everything possible must be done to bring the perpetrator to justic.
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Photo Credit: Walter Baxter via Creative Commons