Letters

From all-creatures.org
and The Mary T. and
Frank L. Hoffman
Family Foundation

Letter from Steffen About Circus Elephant Abuse - 14 Feb 2010

Dear Sirs,

A couple of years ago, I saw an elephant left to die by a circus which had no license to perform any more. I don't know if you have ever seen an elephant on the verge of starvation. I have and it is a sight I will definitely not forget for the rest of my life. Municipal officials and veterinaries kept looking away for years, letting the circus perform a couple of times just as long as they were gone a few days later ...

At a little town near Mainz, Germany, the story came to an end, resulting in poor Maya being left behind to die while the rest of the circus moved on. Maya was lucky enough to be officially confiscated and to be sent to a nearby zoo where she lived another seven months before she succumbed to the damages that clearly and evidently were a consequence of abuse and neglect during her circus years.

Learning of Queenie's case definitely rings a bell.

The circus in question (Althoff is the name, to be precise) had formerly been famous for its performing horses and elephants but has become notorious for years-long neglect and abuse of its animals and for an astounding number of elephant deaths during a period of not even more than 25 years.

Please do act. Now. Don't let the same story happen over and over again.

Yours,

Steffen

Reply from Frank and Mary Hoffman

Dear Steffen:

Thank you very much for writing, and telling us about your personal experiences with this circus.

We'll do a little investigating and see what we can do to help.

In the Love of the Lord,

Frank and Mary