PETA Calls for USDA Inspection of Ringling Bros. Elephants in Anaheim Due to "Wound"

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Courtesy of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
The area above the eye of the elephant at left prompted PETA's call for an inspection in Anaheim.

Unlike past years, I had not heard from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals in the days the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus was setting up for a 10-day engagement in Anaheim, where PETA has staged eye-opening demonstrations in the past. But then, hours before opening night at the Honda Center Friday, PETA emailed over the photograph above, which is said to show an elephant with a pressure sore on the side of its face in Ontario, the previous stop for "The Greatest Show on Earth."

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Returns to Anaheim and So Do the Protesters

Along with the photo came a letter Delcianna Winders, the PETA Foundation's deputy general counsel, sent to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) calling for an inspection of Ringling elephants immediately. The USDA is also urged to ensure elephants are receiving proper veterinary care and that no lame or injured animals are being forced to perform in violation of the Animal Welfare Act.

The animal protection nonprofit also surmises at the likely cause of the elephant's "injury:" being forced to lie down on hard surfaces.

But Stephen Payne, vice president of corporate communications for Ringling's owner Feld Entertainment, called the complaint "another absurd PETA attack on our veterinary care." He says he talked with a veterinarian who was with the circus in Ontario, "as opposed to Norfolk, Virginia, where PETA lives."

"Our vet told me the photo is of Sara and the area in question is a temporal gland," Payne continued. "There is no pressure sore there and the area is not raised. Our elephant caretakers sometimes put cream on the temporal gland areas to keep the skin there soft and to keep the elephants from getting sores."

As for the call for an inspection, Payne said all the circus elephants were examined in Ontario "and there were no problems."

"If PETA actually took the time to learn the truth about how we care for our elephants they could save a lot of time and perhaps use some of the vast resources to actually help animals in need instead of trying to score cheap political stunts and take up USDA's time with bogus complaints," Payne said.

As you can read in in Erin DeWitt's preview of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus: Legends, the extravaganza continues Wednesday through Sunday and, if it's anything like Friday night, PETA protesters will be outside Honda Center entrances passing out pamphlets and coloring books, urging families not to go inside and holding up signs the equate performing animals to slaves.

The PETA letter to the USDA follows on the next page ...



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JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

Some of the comments made after my original post seem to illustrate the point I was trying to make.  We have Feld Entertainment and PETA loudly trading accusations and both claiming to have no doubt whatsoever that they are the almighty saviors of the animals...and that the other side is nothing but evil.  Drowned out by all of this are the rationally-deduced feelings of the animals themselves.


For years, the OC Fair (which is underway right now, btw) offered elephant rides.  Many fairgoers and outsiders objected, despite bountiful signage -- from the company providing the elephants -- that they were treated royally and loved the work.  But let me tell you, the 'phants, Kitty and Becky, sure as hell didn't look too happy repeatedly walking around in a circle with people on their backs for upwards of 10 hours a day. 


Eventually, the fair board must have noticed this -- and the elephant rides were booted. 

bane
bane

PETA and Ms.Winders seem to be a little slow on processing information.  Go ask HSUS and ASPCA about what happens when you mess with Feld/Ringling.  HSUS and ASPCA paid $24,000,000.00 to learn the lesson.


I would say this could be a pricey "Tortious interference with business".  Find the checkbook PETA and Ms. Winders. 

qeproductions
qeproductions

these are ignorant cultist who will and stop at nothing to have their way.  they have no knowledge of the circus or its animals.  yes, the last time they accused RBBB of neglect and abuse they lost millions of dollars.  You would have thought they would have learned.  No, they still go on with their lies, deceits and propaganda.  This one bit them in the butt.  LMAO

qeproductions
qeproductions

They stop at nothing to try to bring down the circus.  It's netted them nothing.  Hello, karma she is a bitch.  This just comes back to bite them in the butt and show how ignorant these cults are.  Yep Rene, youtube and propaganda movies, that's a great place to gain understanding of what circus is all about.  Get a life.

qeproductions
qeproductions

They stop at nothing to try to bring down the circus.  It's netted them nothing.  Hello, karma she is a bitch.  This just comes back to bite them in the butt and show how ignorant these cults are.  Yep Rene, youtube and propaganda movies, that's a great place to gain understanding of what circus is all about.  Get a life.

mels.green
mels.green

The public must take the time to learn how animals are treated in circuses. Your average blinkered ticket buyer only sees the big lights and loud music. If we all took a minute to think about the set up, would we really want to go? Where's the joy in seeing an elephant slyly hit so it can run in circles? Where's the pleasure in seeing big cats jump on to pedestals?


Go to a sanctuary, see wildlife wild.

Marily Madrigal
Marily Madrigal

I refuse to take my kid to a circus with animals. There are plenty of awesome shows with only humans.

brendacalvillo
brendacalvillo

Wild animals do NOT belong in captivity.  They are taken from their home and captive animals who've been bred are born into a lifetime of slavery.  Slavery is alive and well making a profit for Feld and his clan. 

pcuvie
pcuvie

As Ringling's spokesperson Stephen Payne knows, PETA "actually took the time to learn the truth about how [Ringling] care for [their] elephants" by going undercover and revealed to the world how Ringling "cares" for elephants. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECspj0daAlE

Van Nancy Trinh
Van Nancy Trinh

An Lan Thi Pham gah seriously they made me feel so bad...they kept on waving abused pictures of elephants in front of me ....but the elephants look fine but idk :/

René Bruce
René Bruce

Marlon, have you ever seen these animals in the wild compared to being captive ? If you had you would undestand. Go watch the cove and blackfish on netflix for starters also as David pointed out, youtube it all !!!!

David Virginia
David Virginia

You can go to youtube and see a video of this very same elephant falling down in Anaheim 3 years ago, search "Ringling Bros. Elephant Falls and Collapses in Anaheim". There's nothing terribly sinister on that particular video, although the circumstances surrounding why the animal fell aren't shown. But while you're there, you can check out all the videos of Ringling Bros. "trainers" beating the elephants with bull hooks before they go out into the show. You know, to get them ready. It's fun for the whole family!

Marlon Spears
Marlon Spears

Last time someone accused Barnum of this, they lost. Millions...

David Virginia
David Virginia

Which of course has nothing whatsoever to do with this particular incident. Nice red herring though.

Tim Mumzy Mummert
Tim Mumzy Mummert

These are the same people that wanted Fishkill, NY to change its name. Little do these over-educated idiots realize that "kill" in Dutch is a creek.

René Bruce
René Bruce

Elephants do not want to be doing tricks, just like Dolphins and Orca's Time to let them all go !!! If you ever see what they do to baby E's to break them, it would break your heart and you wouldn't go to the crappy circus again. Go check cirque du soleil instead they are awesome !!!

Brian Blackman
Brian Blackman

They are in good hands I work for them for A lot time

sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

if PETA wouldnt act like animals themselves 


then respect $$ and more $$ would come their way


I like when PETA works with the business when they see a problem or even try to prevent one



JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

The only party who hasn't commented is the elephant.  I'd like to know how she feels.  That's all that matters. 

fishwithoutbicycle
fishwithoutbicycle topcommenter

@JBinOC 

She can't speak. You know that. Just because she can't express her pain in English (or any other spoken language) doesn't mean she doesn't feel it, right? I'm not a PETA member, just someone who questions the need for animals to be exploited purely for entertainment purposes.

fishwithoutbicycle
fishwithoutbicycle topcommenter

@mels.green 

And even if they didn't clearly display their intelligence they're still animals with nervous systems...which means they feel pain.

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