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Urge Circus World to Ban Elephant Acts for Good

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Originally Posted: December 2, 2012

Urge Circus World to Ban Elephant Acts for Good

FROM People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

ACTION

Wisconsin's Circus World has failed to not only adequately monitor the health, safety, and welfare of the elephants it exhibits but also protect the public's health and safety. It is in your power to help ensure that Circus World stops welcoming animal abusers and protects public health and safety by halting all elephant exhibits. Please contact the Circus World Museum Foundation Board of Directors and the Wisconsin Historical Society Board of Curators and ask them to make sure that no elephants are exhibited at Circus World again.

Sign an online petition (copy/paste URL into your browser):
https://secure.peta.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=4477&autologin=true&utm_campaign=1112%20Circus%20World%20Action%20Alert&utm_source=PETA%20E-Mail&utm_medium=E-News

And/or better yet, make direct contact:

Circus World Museum
phone (608) 356-8341

Wisconsin Historical Society
816 State Street
Madison, WI 53706
phone (608) 264-6535
asklibrary@wisconsinhistory.org

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

Circus World is a venue in Wisconsin that allows circuses with sick elephants and dozens of U.S. Department of Agriculture violations to perform on its grounds. Recently, Circus World exhibited four elephants supplied by Carson & Barnes Circus, which, in violation of state law, did not have permits to bring elephants into Wisconsin. One of these elephants had recently been exposed to a tuberculosis-positive elephant. Tuberculosis can be easily transmitted between elephants and humans, even without direct contact. In fact, tuberculosis carried by an elephant was recently linked to an outbreak in Tennessee among nine humans, some of whom had had no direct contact with the elephant. Elephants used in traveling exhibits like those that appear at Circus World are particularly at risk—the stress of traveling and performing make them more susceptible to the disease and also more likely to develop a severe infection.

In addition, last year, Circus World hosted the Liebel Family Circus, which was recently formally charged with almost three dozen violations of the Animal Welfare Act. The charges against Liebel included keeping an elephant named Nosey—who appeared at Circus World last year—chained so tightly by two legs that she could not lie down and could barely move, repeatedly denying Nosey necessary veterinary care, and potentially exposing Nosey to serious infections by allowing manure to accumulate in the overgrown soles of her feet.

SAMPLE LETTER

I am writing to urge the Wisconsin Historical Society Board of Curators to implement a policy prohibiting Circus World from exhibiting elephants at its facility.

In recent months, Circus World exhibited four elephants supplied by Carson & Barnes Circus, which, in violation of state law, did not have permits to bring elephants into Wisconsin. Moreover, one of these elephants had recently been exposed to a tuberculosis-positive elephant. Tuberculosis carried by an elephant can be passed on to humans, and this particular strain was recently linked to an outbreak in Tennessee among nine people, some of whom had had no direct contact with the elephant.

In addition to its total disregard for public health and state law, Carson & Barnes has a long history of violating the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA). Most recently, in late September 2012, the circus paid a penalty for 10 AWA violations, including endangering the public and elephants.

Circus World has also hosted the Liebel Family Circus, which was recently formally charged with almost three dozen violations of the AWA. The charges against Liebel included keeping an elephant named Nosey--who appeared at Circus World last year--chained so tightly by two legs that she could not lie down and could barely move and repeatedly denying Nosey necessary veterinary care, among other violations.

Circus World has failed to not only adequately monitor the health, safety, and welfare of the elephants it exhibits but also protect the public's health and safety. Enough is enough. Will you please ensure that no more elephants are exhibited at Circus World?

Thank you for your timely attention to this important issue.

Sincerely...


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