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Two actions: revoke Massey Energy’s charter, oppose Cole Brothers’ circus

July 20, 2011

Please click on and sign the following:

1. Revoke Massey Energy’s Corporate Charter
2. Tell Westfield Malls To Stop Supporting Cole Brothers Circus

1. Background | From Rainforest Action Network

Everyone reading this knows that we need to switch to a clean energy economy. It will create jobs, protect vulnerable communities, and save our ailing climate.

This obvious logic is an abomination for coal corporations like Massey Energy. Though Massey was bought earlier this year by Alpha Natural Resources, Massey’s corporate charter still exists. This means business as usual for Appalachia’s most notorious mountain destroyer.

Nestled at the base of Eastern Kentucky’s rugged Black Mountain are two historic mining towns working hard to define a future beyond coal. Local residents of Lynch and Benham are in the midst of reinventing their towns as historic tourist destinations of Appalachia.

Related | Daisy Girl Ad: Stop Mountaintop Removal

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Much to their dismay, the coal barons at Massey Energy have other plans for Black Mountain. The same company whose negligence contaminated countless Appalachian waterways and took the lives of 29 coal miners just last year is one of several companies attempting to mine coal on Black Mountain.

Putting a coal mine on Black Mountain means putting the health and culture of local communities on the line.

Local Lynch city councilmember Bennie Massey explains, “The biggest thing is our water resource. Our water is really good now. You’re not just taking out the coal, you’re destroying generations of people who could live here and raise their families here.”

Join RAN, Appalachian Voices and Free Speech For People in demanding Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden to revoke Massey’s charter today.

2. Background | From IDA

Westfield Malls in many locations across the Eastern Seaboard have been and will be hosting the Cole Brothers Circus on mall property. The circus is now at the Westfield South Shore in Bayshore, New York.

Cole Bros. Circus shows gross indifference to the welfare of its animals and threatens public safety by displaying dangerous wild animals under inadequate control and conditions, including:

  • Using an elephant to give rides and perform who has a history of escaping.
  • Using an elephant handler, John Walker III,who has a grievous history of elephant abuse and neglect, including causing physical harm, failure to provide veterinary care to suffering elephants, and unsafe public contact. His record is so bad that he cannot be licensed to exhibit animals and must exploit a loophole in federal law that allows him to operate under another license.
  • Turning a blind eye as Walker has repeatedly been caught on video abusing the elephants with a bullhook and endangering children and families by paying insufficient attention to elephants giving rides. (Watch video of Walker hooking an elephant on the very sensitive inside part of the ear. | Below, too.)
  • Using an unlicensed tiger act and hiring a tiger trainer last year who did not have sufficient experience with dangerous wild animals to be granted a U.S. Department of Agriculture license.

No corporation should support a traveling business with such a history of contempt for laws intended to protect people and animals, and no mall should expose the public to this danger.

Viola of Cole Bros. Circus dragged with bullhook- trumpets in pain

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Petition Text

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am shocked that the Westfield Group would allow any of its malls to host the Cole Bros. Circus, which has a history of hiring handlers who are unqualified and even unlicensed to work with dangerous wild animals, including tigers and elephants, creating serious public safety and animal welfare threats.

The circus’s current elephant handler does not possess a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) license due to horrific elephant abuse and neglect (he exploits a loophole to perform under another license). And last year the circus hired an unlicensed tiger trainer who lacked the experience with these hazardous animals to be granted a USDA license.

The circus is equally unconcerned with animal welfare. Its elephant trainer has repeatedly been caught on video abusing the elephants with a bullhook a pointed steel rod resembling a fireplace poker that is used to prod, hook and strike the elephants. He also has endangered children and families by paying insufficient attention to the elephants giving rides.

The Cole Bros. Circus has shown nothing but contempt for laws intended to protect animals and the public, and it should not be welcome at any mall properties owned by Westfield. I urge you to insure that the Cole Bros. Circus, or any circus that uses wild animals, is not allowed to perform on your properties.

See More:

PETA International Animal-Free Circuses:

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planet earth
overrun by cruel
and too many fools:(

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

One Comment leave one →
  1. karen lyons kalmenson permalink
    July 20, 2011 9:47 am

    planet earth
    overrun by cruel
    and too many fools:(


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