Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus has a long history of abuse.  As early as 1929, John Ringling ordered the execution of a majestic bull elephant named Black Diamond after the elephant killed a woman who had been in the crowd as he was paraded through a Texas city, not unlike the parade outside of the Long Island Childrens' Museum.  

More recently, in 2011, Ringling paid $270,000, thelargest fine in circus history, for violations of the Animal Welfare Act encompassing a span of years, and numerous trainers have come forward with evidence of abuse. (such as the picture above from their Florida training camp)
Since 2000, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has cited Ringling numerous times for serious violations of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), such as the following:
  • Improper handling of dangerous animals
  • Failure to provide adequate veterinary care to animals, including an elephant with a large swelling on her leg, a camel with bloody wounds, and a camel injured on train tracks
  • Causing trauma, behavioral stress, physical harm, and unnecessary discomfort to two elephants who sustained injuries when they ran amok during a performance
  • Endangering tigers who were nearly baked alive in a boxcar because of poor maintenance of their enclosures
  • Failure to test elephants for tuberculosis
  • Unsanitary feeding practices

Hear it from Long Island native Alec Baldwin

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