MONEY OVER PUBLIC HEALTH
SCOTT RIDDLE beat a 2-year-old elephant around her head with a bullhook,
and the elephant exhibited signs of illness and
USDA Ignores Ringling Bros.’ Elephant Abuse
'TUBERCULOSIS UNDER THE BIG TOP'
FORMER RINGLING PERFORMER URGES PEOPLE TO STAY AWAY FROM THE CIRCUS
Phoenix Native Says She Witnessed Elephant Beatings
For Immediate Release:
July 5, 2006
Lisa Wathne 757-622-7382
Phoenix — Holding tools of the circus trade—including a bullhook and a can
of "wonder dust," the gray powder used by trainers to hide bloody bullhook
wounds on elephants—Phoenix native and former Ringling Bros. and Barnum &
Bailey employee Jodey Eliseo will lead a PETA protest outside the U.S.
Airways Center to alert people to the abuse of elephants and other animals
by the circus:
Date: Wednesday, July 5
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: Main entrance to the U.S. Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St.
Eliseo, a professional dancer who toured with Ringling Bros., frequently saw
elephants abused with bullhooks during her two years with the circus. She
reports that Ringling handlers beat an elephant for stumbling during a
performance; that a teenage elephant named Sophie was covered with bullhook
wounds as a result of frequent beatings; and that a baby elephant was
severely beaten as punishment for bolting and smashing through a wall at a
Ringling has repeatedly failed to meet minimum standards for animal care as
established by the federal Animal Welfare Act. Ringling paid $20,000 to
settle charges of failure to provide veterinary care to a dying baby
elephant and is currently the subject of four investigations by the U.S.
Department of Agriculture (USDA) for possible violations of the Animal
Welfare Act. The USDA is investigating the death of a 2-year-old African
lion named Clyde, who apparently died of heatstroke while traveling through
the Mojave Desert; the death of an 8-month-old elephant named Riccardo, who
was destroyed after fracturing both hind legs when he fell off a circus
pedestal; an incident in which two young elephants ran amok inside a Puerto
Rico arena; and the excessive use of a steel-tipped bullhook on a chained
"I chose a hectic, stressful life on the road—the animals didn’t," says
Eliseo. "I saw how animals in the circus are routinely beaten; they live in
constant fear. For them, the circus is a real-life horror show."
Tale of Two Elephants
man who blew the whistle on the Texas Zoo
is now living a peaceful life at the Elephant Santuary in Tennessee
click here to READ HER FULL STORY!!
Circus Elephants Are 'Hooked' on
By Barbara Stagno
ARTICLES ON SCOTT RIDDLE, click here
AGGRESSIVE ACTION SITE
FOR FIGHTING CIRCUS ABUSE!
Petitions, Current bills in congress, Press releases, and more!
Elephant Abuse Case at Oregon Zoo Needs Your Help
ZOO CHECK CANADA
- Performing Animal Incident Report
1976 - 1996
SHRINERS TO STOP SUPPORTING CRUELTY TO ANIMALS
ARTICLES ON SCOTT RIDDLE, click here
Denounce Thailand's Elephant "Crushing" Ritual
Vendetta on Earth
PETA Asks Ringling to Stop Hiring Dangerous Criminals
CIRCUSES.com - QUICK FACT SHEET
By Gil Lamont
ELEPHANT EMOTIONS - GRIEVING:
Circus brings tradition, controversy
Seized elephant has long history of abuse
CAMPAIGN - LOTA
THAILAND ELEPHANT PARK
THE KINSHIP CIRCLE
John Cuneo owner of Hawthorn Corp. accused by the
USDA of abusing his 16 circus elephants, only a couple days before he was
to surrender his ill and tortured elephants to a sanctuary, has gotten his
lawyers to 'motion' to stop the confiscation!
Please view this video of
Cuneo's Ele Tyke on the anniversary of his
death, this is what happens when animals are
abused to the point of attacking their abusive
trainers! The trainer had beat Tyke with a
club type to that has a metal point on the end
behind the curtain just prior to coming out onto
the big top, Tyke came out, turned, and killed
him, in a crazied state he ran out of the circus
onto the streets, where he then was gunned down
in the streets of Hawaii...Tyke was a beloved
elephant in her early 30's. Click
below to see it caught on film:
Then, please write your
congressman and the USDA!
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President George W. Bush:
Vice President Richard Cheney:
Addresses for the USDA:
The USDA recently
confiscated one of John Cuneo's elephants,
Delhi, see what they say about Cuneo's Circus
Training Farm called Hawthorn Corp!
THEY HAD BEEN
SOAKING HER FEET IN FORMALDEHYDE!!!!!
Read the Hawthorn's
Hawthorn Corporation (John Cuneo) leases his
to Shrine Circuses,
Walker Bros Circus, Jordan World Circus, Circus
Vargas, Royal Palace Circus, George Carden
Circus, Hanneford Circus, Hamid Circus, Alain
Zerbini, and Tarzan Zerbini.
Hawthorn - 2 Elephants had Tuberculosis
Please do not
attend those circuses, elephants are suffering
by the patronage!!
THE ELEPHANT SANCTUARY IN TENNESSEE
IS THE PREFERRED PLACE
WANTS TO SEND THE
RESCUED 16 ELEPHANTS FROM JOHN CUNEO'S, USDA
SHUT-DOWN, HAWTHORNE CIRCUS TRAINING BARN!
BUT, THE ELEPHANT SANCTUARY IN TENNESSEE NEEDS HELP
IN BUILDING THE BARNS AND HIRING
THE CARING ELE KEEPERS TO TAKE CARE
PLEASE GO TO THE PAGE BELOW TO READ UP ON THE CASE
SEE IF YOU CAN HELP, THANK YOU!!!!