Lorri Galloway, Anaheim Councilwoman, Seeks Exotic Animal Ban; Ringling Bros. Pushes Back

ringling-bros-elephant-bath_keith-may.jpg
Photo by Keith May/OC Weekly
Most serious discussions emanating from the Anaheim City Council chambers of late involve bulls on parade, but Councilwoman Lorri Galloway carved out some time Tuesday night to talk about elephants on parade, calling for a city ordinance to ban the use of exotic animals within city limits. Though broadly worded, such a law would predominantly target the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus that moves into the Honda Center every summer with performing lions, tigers and, of course, pachyderms.

lgalloway.jpg
Lorri Galloway
For years, animal-rights activists have tried to get the city to stop circus animal performances, and for the past couple they have had Galloway's ear. And eyes. In July 2010, after Born Free USA representatives shared with the Anaheim council photos that allegedly depicted the abuse of baby elephants, Galloway said the pictures showed some "terrible, terrible things" and called on the city manager to return with a report detailing how circus animals are treated.

However, striking a diplomatic tone back then, Galloway also said she supported circuses, which are "part of Americana" and can bring audiences "excitement."

The diplomatic tone is gone now. In recent years, Galloway was part of a group that took a backstage tour of the Ringling Bros. circus, where she was shown the way its care of animals meets government standards. Before the goodbyes, she essentially said Ringling Bros. conducts its business correctly but she still opposes using animals for entertainment, according to observers.

Galloway's mind was thus already made up when she and her council colleagues were greeted Tuesday night by animal activists who went to the mic with allegations of elephant abuse by Ringling Bros.

The councilwoman then cleared her throat and preached to the choir.

"What I've seen, the methods used to make a wild animal stand on its head for entertainment, has sickened me," Galloway said. "I know it's considered part of Americana to have elephants in circuses, but it's time for change."

Thumbnail image for elephant-collapse-anaheim_PETA.jpg
Courtesy of PETA
When we posted this photo of Sarah the elephant on the ground near her rail car last year, comedian Sarah Silverman re-tweeted it with a WTF? reaction.
She was cheered by the critter crusaders.

"I think it would be a huge move for the city of Anaheim," an emboldened Galloway said of prohibiting performing animals. "Other cities have bans on exotic animals, but they aren't Anaheim. They don't have the Honda Center. It would send a loud message."

Those other cities in Orange County include Newport Beach, Huntington Beach and Santa Ana, which last year tightened rules at its zoo that essentially killed an elephant ride attraction. The Orange County Fair in Costa Mesa also ended elephant rides with the same contractor just before the start of its run that ended earlier this month.

Groups such as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have helped shape public sentiment--and, by extension, the actions of municipal leaders--by staging showy protests to accompany circuses coming to town. Some have featured "naked" women painted up as animals and "locked" in cages with provocative signs and poses for delighted cameramen.

OC Weekly Ringling Bros. and animal activism archives

Even more comically, a protestor at the Staples Center in July put a "hex" on a Ringling Bros. team member who at the time was eight months pregnant. The Honda Center shows were sandwiched between Los Angeles and Ontario engagements.

Less comically, as my colleague R. Scott Moxley reported last month, the city of Anaheim settled a federal police brutality suit brought by an Orange County man who claimed city cops roughed him up during a 2010 protest of the Ringling Bros. shows at the Honda Center. Terms were not disclosed.

Anaheim Settles Police Brutality Lawsuit Filed By Ringling Brothers Circus Protester

A draft ordinance that would require the support of two other Anaheim council members besides Galloway is expected to come back to the dais in September.

melissa-sehgal-PETA_keith-may.jpg
Photo by Keith May/OC Weekly
PETA's Melissa "Vegan Mel" Sehgal draws a crowd in Anaheim in '09.
The council can expect a strong push back from Feld Entertainment, the owner of several attractions that tour the planet, including the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

Strongly denying the circus abuses animals, Feld officials routinely point reporters like this one to its wildlife sanctuary in Florida and websites that document the corporation's care for animals in between shows and on the road, where they are well fed, bathed daily and carried in custom, ventilated rail cars.

The animals are always under the watchful eyes of trained animal experts with years of experience, according to circus officials, who note that veterinarians are also on the job around the clock. Licensing, inspections and regulation by local, state and federal animal-care agencies are just part of doing business.

Take the most recent Southern California swing. Before trains rolled into Anaheim for Ringling Bros.' 10-day engagement at the Honda Center that ended earlier this month, U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors had been on site in Los Angeles, according to Stephen Payne, Feld Entertainment vice president of Corporate Communications.

In Anaheim, state inspectors were on hand "a lot," Payne tells the Weekly, adding the close federal and California scrutiny resulted in "perfect inspections, no issues."

He believes city officials around the country like Galloway are being egged on PETA, which wants to shut down the circus altogether.

"This is just part of their agenda, to keep pushing this," Payne said. "They keep saying their list of jurisdictions is growing. That's not true. Ten million people per year come to the circus, and one person from PETA complains."

He says Anaheim leaders should focus more on what circus lovers bring to town versus the PETA crowd. Feld has conducted economic studies in cities around the country where the circus performs. For its recently concluded two weeks in Anaheim, the circus pumped $1 million into the local economy, according to Payne.

That not only includes the obvious, like facility rental and ticket, refreshment and souvenir sales, but taxes, hiring local workers, buying local feed for the animals, food and lodging for touring employees and more, he noted.

At the council meeting, Galloway swore her ordinance would not necessarily kill the circus, pointing to the touring Circus Vargas and Cirque du Soleil shows that succeed without using exotic animals.

"I think Ringling Bros. could do the same," Galloway said. "They need to acclimate the same way. Children think circus and they still want to come, whether elephants are in the show or not."

I asked Payne if Ringling Bros. could still draw the crowds without performing elephants.

He essentially answered it's a moot question.

"We're not going to find out because elephants have been part of the entire history of Ringling Bros.," Payne said. "It's the No. 1 reason people go to our shows. Get rid of the elephants? Never!"

Follow OC Weekly on Twitter @ocweekly or on Facebook!

My Voice Nation Help
29 comments
etsnell
etsnell

JamesRobertReade says 

Mr. Clown with the blinking noes! You have two FELONY CONVICTIONS and charges for violence against women! I have published medical records to prove I have never smoked, never used drugs and never drank alcohol. Stop disseminating false information.

 

Dearest James Robert Reade

 

First off the assult on a woman was true someone said it was your mother and she was hooken and sellen drugs on Beach Blvd, I gave her the $10 for around the world and she tried to burn me so I slapped her. 

As to proven you have never done drugs by a published medical record. You have got to be on drugs to believe that statement. Drug test only show the time period in which they take the test.. Know I am really convinced you are on drugs it would explain your psyco ranks on the defenseless women and why your sudden change of heart for the Anaheim PD after they beat you up.

Like many people have said your attack on the women who have just lost there kids is a cowardice yellow bellied move but look at the source it all so clear know. You wanted attention and know you have got it you are know the most hatted bigged nose coward in Anaheim.

I do have one question that I have not been able to figure out.?

Did someone park a bus on your face or is that your nose

 

Love and power to the people

ET Snell

Clown Community Activist

www.etsnell.com

www.calpra.com

www.diybb.com

JamesRobertReade
JamesRobertReade

Stop disseminating false information! Fanaticism will get you nowhere. The elephants are fine. Release all dogs and cats from the OC Animal Shelter (they kill 15,000 a year) and cage gangbangers and graffiti vandals at the OC Shelter! James Robert Reade

etsnell
etsnell

You where also homeless and lived in your car like the crack head you are. Put a sock in it.

ProtecttheInnocent
ProtecttheInnocent

The elephant who collapsed last year is Sara (not Sarah) and the photo is not the property of PETA.  Sara is 11 years old bred in captivity from parents who were caught in the wild - stolen from their homes.  Ringling breeds slaves.

JusticeForAll
JusticeForAll

The elephant who collapsed last year is Sara (not Sarah) and the photo is not the property of PETA.  Sara is 11 years old bred in captivity from parents who were caught in the wild - stolen from their homes.  Ringling breeds slaves.

etsnell
etsnell

You are clueless on gangs and that is why Calif Dept of corr and rehab will keep packing society and neighborhoods like yours Reade and everyone else's in Calif. Your only solution is to bitch complain and mock innocent grieving mothers who have very little control or say so. It is my opinion You  need to get off the crack. I listen to you rant on grieving mothers and old men and how psyco you get at the podium. I am a  certified Chrisrian drug and alcohol counselor and your gestures are that of a person that is using drugs. I know you said that you where homeless and living in your car for a period of time, This is where I believe that you got turned out on drugs  and have not been able to break the cycle of addiction. Also to make another leap I believe that the cops are probably either black mailing you or have pending un-filed cases on you for drugs. That would explain your great change of heart for the APD. . 

 

 

ET Snell

Clown Community Activist

www.etsnell.com

newportbeachpuppymil
newportbeachpuppymil

Dear OC Weekly------Have a little respect for law abiding humane upstanding American Citizens who don't torture endangered species and quit calling us "PETA" and "CRITTER CRUSADERS"!  ......To be perfectly honest, your mocking of those who defend moral, ethical, and law abiding humane treatment of animals reflects you are harboring inherent personality disorder characteristics AMA attributes to sociopaths with no conscience  that perpetrate this type of inhuman atrocity and crime on voiceless humans and animals unable to  speak for themselves. .................There is not a single Circus in the U.S. using wild animals int their act that does not have extensive track record of FEDERAL UNLAWFUL CRUELTY……….”The GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH” has you all suckered and blubbering their propaganda garbage.  How sad for you.  Ringling Bros. paid $270,000 FOR UNLAWFUL FEDERAL TORTURE COSTING TAX PAYERS MILLIONS IN TRIAL , MONITORING AND POLICING.  ...........................................Yet OC WEEKLY refers to them as American Tradition while mock and belittle  REAL AMERICANS , SLAPPING LAWFUL , ETHICAL, HUMANE TAX PAYER  AMERICANS IN THE FACE. AGAIN!.............................educate yourself on this issue and quit bashing TAX PAYERS AND AMERICANS!

 

newportbeachpuppymil
newportbeachpuppymil

Kenneth Feld is a Criminal and if his criminal animal beater trainers were doing such a great job at caring for the most minimal standards of the Animal Welfare Act, why are Ringling Bros. THE LARGEST CRUELTY FINED CRIMINALS BY THE U.S. GOVERNIMENT IN U.S. HISTORY FOR UNLAWFUL "INHUMANE TREATMENT" that is "TORTUROUS" to animals--- CHECK THE LAW BOOKS

If you support federal torture and cruelty, you have a psychiatric problem and should seek counseling immediately... Animal Torture is not a Consumer Product and you are both sick to sell it or want to buy it

I applaud Councilwoman Galloway for being a respectable American Leader and dignified business woman... Cruelty Free circuses bring in just as much revenue as these Government convicted criminals who cost the tax payers every time they come to town! There are more issues... WHAT ABOUT TUBERCULOSIS? I am a Republican and do not support Convicted Federal Torture Criminals who cost our nation hundreds of thousands of dollars in trial, monitoring, and policing their unlawful federal torture that disrespects Americans and America...Tax payers of Anaheim footed their security with our own tax payer police and that tax money should be going to families who can barely keep food on the table or to the children in our schools...TAX PAYERS DO NOT APPROVE OF SPENDING OUR MONEY TO PROTECT FEDERAL CRIMINALS! if you don't care about the Animals, do care about TUBERCULOSIS and all the children and families exposed to it? Ringling Bros. should have not only gotten the Largest Federal Cruelty fine in out nations history, they should be in PRISON for what they are defrauding the public and the CDC of! EDUCATE YOURSELF AND WATCH THIS IF CARE ABOUT ORANGE COUNTY CHILDREN. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9eO85c4m5NE

lee4
lee4

p.s. Sources for more information include www.pawsweb.org, and http://www.elephanttrust.org/  The second URL is for one of the largest elephant reserves and longest running study of wild elephant behavior in the world. The researchers who run the elephant reserve have signed a statement on the website saying that elephants are highly complex, intelligent, and social animals, and that their use in traveling entertainment is cruel and completely unethical.

lee4
lee4

The article keeps referring to PETA as though they are the main group opposed to the use of exotic animals in circuses, but actually I don't think there is any animal welfare group that deals with exotic animals that is not opposed to this (unless they are a group that profits financially from exploiting exotic animals such as a breeders association). As to elephants, there is growing doubt among elephant experts that they can be housed in even the best zoo exhibits humanely, so how can anyone think that it is humane to transport them around the United States in box cars to perform behaviors that are completely unnatural and in some cases painful to the animal?  I urge anyone interested in this issue to look at the website for one of the only adequate elephant sanctuaries in the United States, the Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) in Galt, California, and look at the difference between the lives that elephants lead there in comparison to how they live when used in traveling entertainment.  Unfortunately there is a lucrative business in captive breeding of exotic animals that too often end up in private menageries, traveling entertainment, and substandard zoos, where they lead sometimes miserable and unhealthy lives.  Even reputable zoos such as the San Diego Zoo will sometimes sell or trade exotic animals into these inadequate environments.  As to feeling sorry for Ringling Bros., they are not a local business (??) as one of the comments stated, and there are numerous circuses now that are quite successful without the use of any exotic animal acts. 

JackGrimshaw
JackGrimshaw

And Precious Princess, as the Friends for Fullerton's Future blogsite labels her, knows all about cute tricks, no? Ain't she the one who claimed a series of residences in the OC 4th Supervisorial District, in order to run in the election to replace Supervisor Chris Norby early last year? (Said addresses all provided by a big campaign contributor?) And all the while living up in the hills in the 3rd District?

 

 

JamesRobertReade
JamesRobertReade

I do not support a ban on exotic animals. I support proper handling. Some animals do require behavior control methods. If my Blue and Gold Macaw acts up then I show him the spray bottle and he stops. I do not have to spray him with water. He starts whistling and says Hi!  If my toucan gets mad when I change his bowls of water I distract him with playful antics or food. Food is everything to a bird. My red nose pit bull also responds well with food. I do support a ban on gangbangers in Anaheim! James Robert Reade

20ftjesus
20ftjesus topcommenter

This is one of those difficult decisions.  Obviously, Ringling Bros. needs to run a business and we should support that which helps our local economy, but is it right to keep these animals in captivity and ship them around the country on trains?  I'm leaning towards Lorri's side on this one.

JamesRobertReade
JamesRobertReade

Hi Mr. Clown with the blinking nose! Woud you please ride into the Anaheim City Council meeting atop an elephant! It really would compliment your clownage! Thank you for the generous public comments. I do hope your public assistance package is sufficient so you can afford the gas to come to every Anaheim City Council. And please don't forget to bring your two felony convictions with you to the next Anaheim City Council meeting! Please say hi to Amber and Gustavo! Don't play tiddlywinks too hard! James Robert Reade

JamesRobertReade
JamesRobertReade

The elephant who collapsed was Genevieve Huizar! James Robert Reade

JamesRobertReade
JamesRobertReade

To state "breeds slaves" is Fanatacism. Stop disseminating false information! Release all dogs and cats from the OC Animal Shelter (they kill 15,000 a year) and cage gangbangers and graffiti vandals at the OC Shelter! James Robert Reade

JamesRobertReade
JamesRobertReade

The elephant who collapsed was Genevieve Hiizar! James Robert Reade

JamesRobertReade
JamesRobertReade

Mr. Clown with the blinking noes! You have two FELONY CONVICTIONS and charges for violence against women! I have published medical records to prove I have never smoked, never used drugs and never drank alcohol. Stop disseminating false information. James Robert Reade

JamesRobertReade
JamesRobertReade

Elephants are not being harmed. Stop disseminating false information. James Robert Reade

newportbeachpuppymil
newportbeachpuppymil

 @ageofknowledge There are amazing human performing circus that bring in higher revenue than Federal Torture of endangered species... how sad for your child that your parenting includes lying to your children and paying for criminals to torture voiceless animals that suffer a lifetime of unspeakable violence and cruelty...Ringling uses "HOT SHOTS" as their standard husbandry... they electrocute them in their genitalia and their eyeballs... You are one sick and disturbed individual to find this suitable entertainment for any human being let alone children.... I am guessing social services knows your name alreadyeducate yourself... this had Federal Trial documents of electrocution... severe beatings... Tuberculosis positive elephants performing and quarantine of Ringling's entire Breeding Factory.... uggg.... ignorance is bliss is it? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9eO85c4m5NE&feature=plcp

newportbeachpuppymil
newportbeachpuppymil

 @20ftjesus Animal act Circuses revenue is in sharp decline since the REAL TRUTH of their horrific torture and abuse of these animals cam out in Federal Court Backed with legal documented evidence.  It is a shift in the market.  Cirque de Soliel WHO TORTURES ZERO ANIMALS made over $800 million in revenue last year and Circus Vargus has gone ANIMAL FREE.  Ringling Bros and Feld Entertainment are a Huge Corporation that can afford the most TALENTED HUMAN PERFORMERS AVAILABLE.  Crying "not Fair" while they hold status of our Governments LARGEST CRUELTY CRIMINALS IN U.S. HISTORY will do no good.------------------------ -------------------Ringling Bros. needs to give up their CRIMINAL PRACTICES, and practice LAWABIDING ETHICAL BUSINESS like the rest of the entertainment corporations that are extremely lucrative AND ENTERTAINING.  "The Greatest Show on Earth" is CDC'S LARGEST BIOHAZARD PROBLEM IN AMERICA.--------------------

 

Ringling will harm children and families exposing them to mutated human strain Tuberculosis detected in their performing Elephants.   They have been fined by government for not treating positive elephants to keep clean records. ---------KAREN, An Elephant that was just HERE IN ANAHEIM performing was refused access to the state of Tennessee!----------- Ringling Bros. and Feld Entertainment are the most NON-AMERICAN SOCIOPATH CRIMINALS IN THE NATION.

JamesRobertReade
JamesRobertReade

Stop disseminating false information. Fanaticism will get you nowhere! James Robert Reade

newportbeachpuppymil
newportbeachpuppymil

 @ageofknowledge  @20ftjesus  @ ageofknowledge... you are disturbing in your vigorous support of torture and bashing of humane, rational and law abiding citizens... you need immediate psych eval by a specialist... I am Republican that believes Torture is not consumer product and I respect FEDERAL LAW OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA...I believe most will agree it is you who are extremely off balanced as I own business and work for my success and DO NOT TORTURE ANIMALS TO GET IT... --- RONALD REAGAN "Freedom is the right to question and change the established way of doing things"----Ronald Reagan again.." There are NO  easy answers, but there are simple ones,.. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally Right.".....So you see , Conservatives aren't animal Torturers...JUST YOU!

newportbeachpuppymil
newportbeachpuppymil

 RONALD REAGAN WHO WAS AMERICAN SAID--- " Freedom is the Right to Question and CHANGE the Established way of doing things."............What is this ?  Communist Criminal Animal Torturing Circus America?------NO-- That is NOT what America is about and Kenneth Feld belongs in PRISON for Conspiracy and Fraud including defrauding the CDC!@ageofknowledge  @20ftjesus 

Now Trending

Anaheim Concert Tickets

From the Vault

 

Loading...