Posts Tagged ‘Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey’

This blog is dedicated to defending Hillary Clinton, women, children, and all those who cannot defend themselves,  so I do not think it is inappropriate for me to post here on this very disturbing report that came through on my Care2 feed this morning.

A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words: Cruelty to Baby Circus Elephants Exposed

This week a story in the Washington Post brought to light cruel and unusual training methods used on baby elephants at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, which is run under Feld Entertainment.

Former elephant handler Sam Haddock came forward to deliver shocking photographs and a notarized report of his 18 years of experience training baby elephants at Ringling’s breeding center in Florida to PETA before passing away last month.

“This is the first time that the violent training methods used on baby elephants have been exposed in the United States, and with the biggest circus in the country,” said Debbie Leahy, director of captive animals rescue and enforcement for PETA.

Read the full article here

I have been to the circus (and it did happen to be Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey) once in my life.  I think I was seven.  It was a nightmare!  I HATED it!  It was dark, way too busy, and much too cruel.  Elephant calves are helpless to defend themselves from these practices.  They are babies without defensive strategies, and they cannot speak up for themselves.  I think Homegirls (and Homeboys) here will agree that it is high time to stand up and speak out against cruelty to elephants and all circus animals.   We can begin by boycotting the circus.

Here’s another thing we can do.

Write to:

Write to:
Dr. Robert Gibbens, DVM
Western Regional Director
USDA, APHIS, Animal Care
Email: Robert.M.Gibbens@aphis.usda.gov
Fax 970-494-7461

A sample letter is located here.

I believe Hillary, our Homegirl,  would be in agreement with us that these practices are cruel and must be stopped.

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