To Mother Jones Magazine for the story “The Cruelest Show on Earth.”
Journalist Deborah Nelson wrote a 9-page investigative piece in the November/December issue of Mother Jones Magazine in which she details how Ringling Bros. treats its elephants. The picture is brutal.
What is equally disturbing, as Nelson tells it, is the lack of oversight by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), which has, under the Animal Welfare Act, the authority to put a stop to these abuses.
Take Action: Never attend a circus where animals perform. Instead, visit circuses where our own species is center ring. In addition, contact the USDA, through its Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, and tell the service to do the job it is entrusted to do—investigate animal abuse in circuses nationwide, charge those in violation of the Act, and mete out appropriate sentences to those found guilty. Also, thank Mother Jones Magazine for printing the story we all need to read.
Dr. Gregory Parham, Administrator
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
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Riverdale, MD 20737-1234
Madeleine Buckingham, President
Mother Jones Magazine
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