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Urge FWS to Deny Ringling’s Application to Harm and Harass Animals: sample letter

January 21, 2012
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Feld Entertainment—the parent company of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus—recently paid the largest settlement ever by an exhibitor in the history of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) for a multitude of AWA violations, including forcing sick animals to perform and failing to provide animals with proper veterinary care. Ringling’s long history of AWA violations includes physically abusing animals, causing physical harm to animals, and transporting animals in dangerous railcars and other vehicles whose jagged edges and broken metal wound them. Undercover video footage shows Ringling handlers using bullhooks to strike elephants backstage before performances in order to remind them “who’s boss.” Despite its abysmal track record, Ringling is currently requesting a permit that would allow the circus to continue harming endangered Asian elephants and leopards.

Ringling claims that the elephants and leopards will be used for “conservation education,” but the company has failed to demonstrate that it will do anything other than cruelly display these animals for commercial entertainment. The purpose of transporting animals up to 50 weeks a year while keeping them chained for up to 100 consecutive hours in cramped, narrow boxcars—as Ringling does—is not to enhance the species, but to force them to perform in the company’s profitable circus. Experts agree that forcing endangered animals to perform in circuses negatively impacts conservation efforts.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has the authority to deny this misleading permit request, and the agency wants to hear from you. Public input will be accepted until the end of the day on February 16. This input is extremely important to officials—it influences them when they are determining their course of action. These elephants and leopards need you to speak up for them now! Please join PETA by personalizing the comments below and urging the FWS to deny Ringling’s misleading application to continue using—and abusing—Asian elephants and leopards. The more you are able to personalize the comments, the more impact they will have.


WHOM TO CONTACT

Brenda Tapia, Program Analyst/Data Administrator
Branch of Permits
Division of Management Authority
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
4401 N. Fairfax Dr., Rm. 212
Arlington, VA 22203
dmafr@fws.gov

703-358-2280 (fax)

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SUGGESTED SUBJECT LINE

Please Deny Feld Entertainment’s Application!


SUGGESTED LETTER

I am writing to urge you to deny Feld Entertainment’s application to renew its captive-bred wildlife registration (PRT-720230) for Asian elephants and leopards.

Because Feld Entertainment—the parent company of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus—has failed to demonstrate that its exhibition of Asian elephants and leopards for entertainment is educational and because studies have shown that circus-style animal exhibits fail to enhance the survival of the species, the application must be denied.

In addition, Ringling recently paid the largest settlement ever by an exhibitor in the history of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) for a multitude of AWA violations, including forcing sick animals to perform and failing to provide animals with proper veterinary care. Ringling’s long history of AWA violations includes physically abusing animals, causing physical harm to animals, and transporting animals in dangerous railcars and other vehicles whose jagged edges and broken metal wound them.

It is clear that Ringling cannot meet the requirements of the Endangered Species Act, and therefore, the company’s application to renew its captive-bred wildlife registration for endangered Asian elephants and leopards must be denied.

Thank you for your attention to this urgent issue.

NAME


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circus berserkus
under any name
animal cruelty
all the same
ringling misery
one of the worst
if the circus
owners were animals
then they would know
how it hurts
so when an abomination
like this for a permit applies
the only acceptable response
is permit denied!!!!!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson



22 Comments leave one →
  1. karen lyons kalmenson permalink
    January 22, 2012 6:17 am

    circus berserkus
    under any name
    animal cruelty
    all the same
    ringling misery
    one of the worst
    if the circus
    owners were animals
    then they would know
    how it hurts
    so when an abomination
    like this for a permit applies
    the only acceptable response
    is permit denied!!!!!

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  2. SHIREEN permalink
    January 22, 2012 7:08 am

    THESE WICKED & CRUEL PEOPLE AT THIS CIRCUS MUST NOT… REPEAT NOT HAVE THEIR LICENCE/PERMIT RENEWED TO CONTINUE WITH THIS BARBARIC CRUELTY TO FORCE THESE POOR ANIMALS TO PERFORM !!! THEY MUST BE SET FREE NOW

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  3. January 22, 2012 10:19 am

    Follow the money – DC is Kenneth Feld’s hometown.

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  4. linda badham permalink
    January 22, 2012 1:03 pm

    GOD ALMIGHTY, TO SEE THE PICTURE OF THE BABY ELEPHANT AND WHAT THE EVIL HARD HEARTED SCUM ARE DOING TO IT MAKES MY HEART BREAK. THE BABY MUST BE PETRIFIED. HOW CAN THE CRUELTY BE OK ? NO ANIMAL MUST EVER BE ABUSED IN THIS WAY AGAIN EVER, ANYWHERE!

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  5. Donna Schlageter permalink
    January 22, 2012 4:48 pm

    I was in my twenties when, accidentally , as I’m very curious as hell about animals, I wandered in a place where I wasn’t to be.. I will NEVER forget what I saw.. I saw just what this petition is about.. I USE to love the circus.. I refuse to go near one let alone see one ever again.. I know I’ll ‘WANDER’ around, again..This permit should not/never be given again.. Just because the ‘LAW’ doesn’t see this doesn’t mean this sick cruelty should be allowed to continue.. Laws who give out permits to these morons or no better than the ones who do horrific, unspeakable things to these poor animals.. Help the people who are ‘AGAINST’ these horrors, not help the ‘ MURDERERS, BEATERS, SICK BASTARDS, who are doing the harm!!!! What is wrong w/you people??? ARE YOU PEOPLE’???? Giving these cowards permits is no different than handing a child to a pedophile!!!! Do something!!!!

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    • February 3, 2012 12:12 pm

      Thanks, Donna, I am sorry you had to witness such barbarity, but it is great that you are doing something because of it! Thank you.

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  6. January 25, 2012 3:50 pm

    DONE !!!! I hope we win this one and Ringling LOSES , no heart no compassion of Gods creatures!!!

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  7. January 25, 2012 6:24 pm

    I sent and email and a fax.

    Rina Deych, RN

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  8. February 3, 2012 11:43 am

    Please stop the cruelty of these poor elephants .. they do not need to live on a train all their lives and why should they be beaten to entertain humans, it’s barbaric and morally wrong. These are God’s creatures, what’s happened to humanity? I will never support a circus of any kind and pray you will do the right thing. Close your eyes and picture them being stabbed with huge bull hooks all their lives.leggs shackled, made to stand on back legs and to bow to humans, we are better than this !!!! Please do not support them. I am begging you. All animals have feelings, God made them …… A circus has been around a long, long time but that doesn’t mean it’s right, it’s time to make a change .. Thank you

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  9. February 3, 2012 11:53 am

    sent letter and hope for the best for these poor animals

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    • February 3, 2012 11:55 am

      I’m from North Carolina .. sad to say the Circus is here Feb 8th … Uggg

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    • February 3, 2012 12:13 pm

      Thank you so much, Deborah, for your insight and help.

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  10. Susan Williams permalink
    February 5, 2012 12:32 pm

    Done! Damn circus…. we should dress up the owners and animal trainers in little glittery tutu’s and make them do handstands on little stools while whipping them with sticks!!! Deplorable people and practices, and it is NOT entertainment!

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  11. karen lyons kalmenson permalink
    February 5, 2012 12:48 pm

    Circus berserkus
    the circus is in town, what do you see?
    as i look out at you, and you look in at me
    do you see me as a large, roaring captive toy,
    or do you look into my eyes, just know pain, no joy.
    do you giggle and point as you mill around my cage,
    in my terror annoint as i seethe in rage.
    do you not understand that my roar is a shout:
    open up the cage door and let me out

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  12. February 5, 2012 5:15 pm

    Reblogged this on STOP ANIMAL ABUSE.

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  13. Fabienne Hendriks permalink
    February 6, 2012 10:01 am

    Done it sweetie….also created an event: https://www.facebook.com/events/340865482619806/

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  14. February 6, 2012 2:26 pm

    Thank you, angel, you are the best! xox

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  15. Susanne McKenzie permalink
    February 6, 2012 4:11 pm

    they should not have Circus’s with animals anymore it is very cruel

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  16. February 9, 2012 2:19 pm

    Everything I feel about animals in circuses has already been said here. It is an abysmal life for these poor creatures, living in cramped traveling cages for many hours and forced to do unnatural ‘tricks’ for dumb humans to be entertained by. The day animals in circuses is banned won’t be a day too soon for me, I hate everything a circus stands for. As far as Ringling’s conservation program is concerned, well that’s just a joke, you only have to look at the elephant breeding program which is situated far out of the way as possible in Florida for obvious reasons. They only have it because it is now illegal to import the endangered Asian elephants so they breed them themselves using elephants who are far too young to breed. Elephants lives run pretty much parallel with humans, having babies at about 15+ years but Ringling breed them at 7 yrs, so it’s babies having babies.

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