Circus Elephants Get Their Day in Court


Paws Up!

To the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for filing formal charges against the Cole Brothers Circus for violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA).

Charges have been brought by the USDA, before the secretary of Agriculture, in the matter of John W. Pugh, Cole Brothers Circus, Clyde Beatty Circus, and Georgianna Davenport for having “willfully violated the Animal Welfare act….”

Photo by Wisonsin Historical Images

The alleged violations include, among other charges, failure to provide veterinary care for the circus elephants, failure to employ adequately trained personnel to care for the elephants, and failure to maintain safe distances between the elephants and the public.

Elephants do not belong in a circus. These giant animals with their sensitive demeanor (when not harassed or forced to perform unnatural acts for the purpose of entertainment) belong in their native lands, forming matriarchal-led family units with strong ties to one another.

Take Action: Write a letter of thanks to the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) for bringing these charges and urge them to continue investigating animal abuse in the circus industry.

Dr. Gregory Parham
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)
4700 River Road, Unit 84
Riverdale, MD 20737-1234
Tele. No.: 301-734-7833



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