Urgent: Tell USDA To Act Immediately For Suffering Elephants In Two Circuses
For years, the USDA has stood by and watched as elephants are literally worked to death in circuses: wasted away, crippled by arthritis and foot disease, or traumatized from abusive training and stress. An ongoing refusal to hold exhibitors responsible for their violations of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), despite the USDA’s charge to enforce the law, has resulted in elephant deaths and threatens lives today.
There are several elephants traveling with circuses who are in dire need of intervention and simply should not be traveling or used for rides or performances, including:
Liz - An Asian elephant exhibited by George Hanneford III. Liz is dangerously underweight; as of June 2010 she was only 4,760 pounds (female elephants average around 8,000 pounds). At recent Shrine Circus appearances she was emaciated, with her ribs clearly visible and spine protruding. She also has leg deformities that affect her gait. Though Liz is not performing, her problems will only worsen as she remains chained and standing on hard surfaces or confined inside a truck.
Bimbo and other elephants exhibited by George Carden - Elephants with this circus are clearly in distress. Bimbo’s mouth constantly hangs open, an indication of pain or severe respiratory issues. She has problems walking, as do other Carden elephants, one of whom has badly deformed front feet that makes walking obviously difficult. A third seems to use her trunk as a crutch to take the weight off of likely painful legs. These elephants are forced to perform and give rides, despite the stress on their already damaged limbs.
Elephants like Jewel, Twiggy, Ned, Delhi and Lota all had to wait until they were close to death before the USDA intervened to save them; for some, rescue came too late. IDA is determined to keep that from happening again.
We have filed complaints with the USDA regarding the Carden and Hanneford elephants, but now we need your help. Though the USDA is well aware of these problems, we need to apply serious pressure and force the agency into action. These elephants must be immediately assessed by independent veterinarians for treatment and then confiscated.
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