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US Department of Agriculture

PETA has uncovered clear evidence of routinely malicious abuse against the elephants performing at the Ringling Bros. circus. Employees violently beat and whip them with sharp bullhooks in clear violation of the Animal Welfare Act.

I ask that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) immediately take action by seizing these sensitive creatures and freeing them from their torment so that they can be placed in a reputable sanctuary through PETA. I also ask that the USDA begin a full investigation into the conduct of Ringling and its trainers for further evidence of animal abuse.

Signed,

PETA: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

This petition closed about 3 years ago

How this will help

In 2009, PETA uncovered extensive abuse against the elephants of the Ringling Bros. circus and secretly taped it. The shocking video footage revealed that elephants were enduring beatings almost...

In 2009, PETA uncovered extensive abuse against the elephants of the Ringling Bros. circus and secretly taped it. The shocking video footage revealed that elephants were enduring beatings almost daily. These gentle mammals would be struck on the head, face, ears, trunk, and legs with bullhooks — sharp, fireplace poker–like devices.

Much of this abuse occurs seconds before they're presented to audiences filled with smiling children and families. Some of these elephants have been with the circus for 40 years, with death as their only possible escape from the pain, boredom, and filthy conditions.

This video footage is consistent with the long history of cruelty to animals that the Ringling Bros. circus has been accused of over the years, often by its own employees. Too long have these intelligent creatures endured cross-country hauls in cramped boxcars and been forced to perform under the constant threat of pain and punishment. It's time to demand action!

Join us in urging the USDA to seize these elephants from the circus and retire them to sanctuaries with hundreds of acres of natural habitat. With your help, we can stop this senseless torture, all done in the name of "entertainment," and launch a full investigation into the inhumane practices of the saddest show on Earth.

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