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Ask President Obama to Order the USDA to Confiscate Lame Elephants

September 4, 2012
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BACKGROUND

PETA is hot on President Obama’s trail, calling on him, as he travels across the country, to direct the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to start doing its job properly by confiscating elephants used in circuses such as Ringling Bros. who are forced to perform despite lameness, kept in shackles most of their lives, and cruelly trained and mistreated.

In the circus, physical and psychological abuse of animals is an all-day, everyday occurrence. Handlers embed the sharp ends of bullhooks—devices that resemble a fireplace poker with a sharp steel hook at one end—into the soft tissue behind elephants’ ears and knees and under their chins. The USDA has the ability and the responsibility to seize suffering animals, and yet the agency allows them to travel up to 50 weeks a year in cramped and filthy boxcars and trailers, to be kept tightly chained by two legs (and sometimes all four), and to be beaten for even looking sideways at a trainer. We have evidence of all this on videotape. Even lame elephants and those with foot and nail injuries, such as having stones embedded in their pads, are forced to stand with all their weight pressing on their hind legs and perform tricks that are painful and confusing to them.

PETA’s complaints against Ringling Bros.—persistently filed over several years—regarding beatings and the death of elephants, including one particular baby among several who succumbed during training, resulted in the largest fine in circus history. But while fining Ringling Bros. and then the Cole Bros. Circus is a step in the right direction, it is only the smallest of steps and does nothing to stop the horrors that elephants are enduring at this very moment. The USDA must be directed by the president to use its powers of confiscation and remove from abuse the dozens of elephants who are still suffering in circuses. That’s why PETA is appealing directly to the president.


WHOM TO CONTACT

Please take a minute of your time to weigh in regarding these suffering elephants and push for them to get the retirement they deserve. Please use THIS FORM to urge President Obama to order the USDA to confiscate all ailing animals from Ringling and other circuses now. Suggested text for a letter to President Obama is below.


SUGGESTED LETTER TEXT

PETA’s complaints against Ringling Bros.—filed over a period of years—regarding beatings and the death of elephants and other animals, including one particular baby elephant among several who succumbed during forced training, resulted in the largest fine of a circus in U.S. history. Further complaints filed by PETA regarding two severely underweight elephants traveling with the Cole Bros. Circus who were deprived of proper veterinary care resulted in a $15,000 penalty. But while fining Ringling Bros. and then Cole Bros. is a step in the right direction, it is only a small step and does nothing to stop the horrors that elephants are enduring right now. The USDA must use its powers of confiscation and remove from abuse every ailing elephant. Please direct the USDA to seize all suffering elephants traveling with abusive circuses immediately. Thank you.


we are elephants, gentle, loyal and true.
but we do not wish to perform for you,
we do not want to be beaten, harassed
or tormented,
by misguided humans, with cruelty, demented.
we have had enough and we will let
you know,
so how about it, ignorant humans,
to sanctuaries we can go?

Karen Lyons Kalmenson


10 Comments leave one →
  1. September 4, 2012 7:08 pm

    Reblogged this on STOP ANIMAL ABUSE and commented:
    This is long overdue…get the elephants out now…while they still have the ability to move around relatively pain free!! Those who have made them perform degrading & unnatural tricks that are detrimental to their health, have had their moneys worth out of them. It’s time for the elephants to behave like elephants; not circus clowns! I would love to see them live out the rest of their lives in the wild but that’s impossible, the next best thing is a proper sanctuary, like the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee; where they can behave like elephants should, being able to wander round free of shackles, spend time with the other elephants, playing in the pools etc. This is nothing less than they deserve, having been poked, jabbed, denied & dictated to their entire lives. I’m amazed there hasn’t been more accidents & fatalities from elephants who snap, go crazy & out of control, after having have had enough abuse from humans; the life they lead, is enough to send any being stir crazy!!!

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  2. September 4, 2012 9:28 pm

    md shared in several places thanks Stacey

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  3. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    September 5, 2012 12:51 am

    we are elephants, gentle, loyal and true.
    but we do not wish to perform for you,
    we do not want to be beaten, harassed
    or tormented,
    by misguided humans, with cruelty, demented.
    we have had enough and we will let
    you know,
    so how about it, ignorant humans,
    to sanctuaries we can go?

    Like

  4. September 5, 2012 5:51 am

    Reblogged this on delia1979.

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  5. September 6, 2012 6:20 pm

    It is not the USDA you want ordered – it is Dr. Chester Gipson, head of Animal Care. He is the cause of all animal suffering – especially those in circuses and zoos. He is a federal life employee, it does not matter who is president, he stays. He needs to be fired and replaced by somebody with compassion. You need to name names, and that is Gipson.

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