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Prime Victory: Circus Sends Pachyderms Packing

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Prime Victory: Circus Sends Pachyderms Packing by Guest BloggerBehold the power of the pen and the protest: Walker Bros. Circus has axed elephant acts from its lineup-and it seems that there’s little chance the pachyderms will return. A spokesperson told KeyNews.com that the circus has “basically done away with using exotic animals in the show because of the [animal rights] activists.”

PETA has long denounced Walker Bros. Circus for its abuse of elephants, many of whom were leased from Hawthorn Corp., which was forced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to surrender 16 elephants after the agency charged both Hawthorn and Walker Bros. Circus with numerous serious violations of the Animal Welfare Act.

It was the concern and actions of caring people that prompted Walker Bros. Circus to finally drop exotic animals from its lineup—and maybe the circus will eventually drop all animal acts. Let’s remember this as we continue to rally against Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s shocking mistreatment of elephants and other animals.

This post by Karin Bennett  was originally published on The PETA Files.

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    Merilyn Phillips says...

    January 22nd, 2010, 10:38 pm

    AMEN!! Hallelujah!! Glory be!! Let’s keep putting the pressure on Ringling!!
    I promised the elephants outside American Airlines Arena in Miami on Monday that we are going to free them!! Please help me fulfill that promise.

    One love,
    Merilyn Phillips

    Cynthia says...

    January 22nd, 2010, 10:40 pm

    YESSS!!!

    We CAN and DO make a difference!

    Maggie says...

    January 23rd, 2010, 8:00 am

    GREAT !!!!!!!! ALL CIRCUS’S “NEED” TO “STOP” THE USE OF ANIMALS !!!!!
    THIS IS ENCOURAGING NEWS… NOW LETS KEEP WORKING TO END THE CRUELTY AND ABUSE OF RINGLING’S ABUSERS ***

    Pooky says...

    January 23rd, 2010, 2:58 pm

    I remember going to the circus as a child and loving it. Of course that was years and years ago ! How sad when man abuses God’s creatures.
    If they cease from using the acts, what will happen to the animals ?
    Are they found “good” homes or euthanized ?

    Bill says...

    January 24th, 2010, 12:18 am

    Every May Ringling Brothers comes to Hershey PA. So every spring I write to local sponsors and send along circus fact sheets and information. It really does make a difference for the following year. A teenage employee at one business even asked me for more information because after seeing the info I sent her boss decided to do her senior project on animals in entertainment. I also write to local media who do circus ticket giveaways and one-sided promos reminding them that news organizations are supposed to show both sides of issues. A smaller circus that used to come to my hometown no longer does because what started as a few letters soon snowballed and our information was getting into the schools, PETA posters were hung in local store windows, and one of the businesses that had agreed to sell circus tickets decided not to even taking out a newspaper ad to explain why. I was particularly pleased that the months of publicity we generated (which dwarfed the circus’ own advertising) helped keep attendance low. Even the night of the circus one family going into the circus turned around and left after reading one of our leaflets. Of course there was also the lady who threw raw chicken at some of the protesters. When the new Giant Center in Hershey was built they had anchors permanently set into the concrete specifically for Ringling Brothers’ equipment. It sounds like they are planning on a long-term relationship. Hopefully that will soon change. So please keep writing, protesting, and spreading the word.

    Patty Bowers says...

    January 24th, 2010, 9:28 pm

    Reading this is the highlight of my day and I let out a big sigh of relief!
    PLEASE do not let up on Ringling and other circuses, we CAN see an end to animals in circuses in our lifetime if we keep up the good work!

    Daniela Battistella says...

    January 25th, 2010, 1:53 pm

    This is good news but I too would like to know if anyone has an idea what will happen to the circus elephants when their act is dropped from circuses like Walker and one day, Ringling?

    E. Beron says...

    January 25th, 2010, 8:34 pm

    Let’s keep the pressure on. We DO NOT need to ejoy animals by abusing and cruelly treating them. My own animals are beautiful and wonderful…..all rescues and have given me much more in return than I could have given them. Hooray for PETA. Let’s continue to educate the world’s population in the horrors of animal abse!!!!!

    Kristina says...

    January 27th, 2010, 3:45 am

    Finally some good news!

    Bill says...

    January 27th, 2010, 4:43 pm

    Like with puppy mills, factory farms, and other abusers of animals when the day comes (and it will) when elephants are no longer performing in circuses they will stop being bred for that purpose. If we don’t stop them now this abuse will continue for generations of elephants to come. Elephants belong in the wild where they can have babies, forage, and socialize as they were meant to be. So we need to make it no longer economically feasible for circuses to keep these breeding and training centers operating. But for elephants currently caught in captive horror many zoos and circuses who have realized the error of their ways (thanks to the prodding of animal rights activists) have sent their elephants to qualified sanctuaries where they can live out their days in peace with space to roam and friends to enjoy.

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