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|Originally Posted: 10 April 2010|
Tell Shriners to Stop Using Elephants in Their Circuses
Dumbo killed an elephant handler just minutes before show time in Philadelphia on April 9, 2010. It's time for the Shriners to stop using Elephants in their shows.
Glenda Pomrinke, Office Manager
Shriners International Headquarters
AND...Write your local Congresspersons and ask them to support legislation that would abolish elephants in traveling shows.
Find your U.S. Senator
INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS
Police say an elephant at a northeastern Pennsylvania circus startled and kicked its animal trainer, killing him. It happened at around 5 p.m. Friday at the Irem Shrine Circus in Wilkes-Barre. The circus wasn't open at the time. Police say other trainers rushed to the area and were able to calm the elephant. They say the public was never at risk. It was not immediately clear what startled the animal. Police Lt. Steven Olshefski says the investigation has been turned over to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. An autopsy is scheduled for Saturday.
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