From People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
After hearing from PETA, the city of Corona, California, has ordered the Ramos Bros. Circus to halt its performances and shut down immediately.
PETA received several calls from members telling us that Ramos Bros. was using exotic animals, including zebras, in its acts, which is illegal in Corona. We promptly contacted the city, which sent an inspector to the circus. When the inspector confirmed that Ramos Bros. was illegally exhibiting exotic animals, a representative for the city reported back to PETA, "[W]e have decided to shut down the circus immediately and will be revoking their permit to operate." The city then called a board meeting to formally revoke Ramos Bros.' permit.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has repeatedly cited Ramos Bros. for violations of the Animal Welfare Act, and numerous citizens have called PETA to report disturbing abuse that they witnessed, including observing a large number of scars on animals' bodies and seeing animals confined to cramped, filthy enclosures with no access to water or shade.
This June 2012 victory sends a strong message to cruel circuses that abuse won't be tolerated. Join PETA's Action Team today to help enact a similar ban and work to help animals in your community.