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<div class="quote-block">Circus Must Answer Animal Cruelty Charges<br><br>
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By SAM HANANEL, Associated Press Writer<br><br><br><br>
WASHINGTON - The nation's largest circus will have to defend itself against charges that it mistreats elephants that perform under the big tent.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
A federal judge has declined to dismiss a lawsuit by animal welfare groups claiming Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has abused Asian elephants in violation of the Endangered Species Act.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
The groups claim circus employees routinely beat the elephants with sharp bull hooks, keep elephants in chains for long periods of time and forcibly remove baby elephants from their mothers before they are properly weaned.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
The suit was filed in 2000 by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Animal Welfare Institute, The Fund for Animals and Tom Rider, a former Ringling Bros. elephant trainer.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
In his decision Wednesday, U.S District Judge Emmet Sullivan said the case in Washington can go forward because Asian elephants are considered an endangered species under federal law. He did not rule on the substantive charges.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
A lawyer for Ringling Bros. declined comment Thursday and referred questions to the company, which did not immediately respond. The company, part of Vienna, Va.-based Feld Entertainment, Inc., repeatedly has claimed it is a responsible animal care provider that is being targeted by animal rights groups for political reasons.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Animal welfare advocates said the decision will finally allow them to present evidence that circus life is not fun and games for the animals performing.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
"The public deserves to know the truth about the routine animal cruelty that goes on under the 'Big Top,'" Michael Markarian, President of The Fund for Animals, said in a statement.</div>
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In case anyone wants to know what kind of activism I'm involved in, I had a hand in editing the footage used -- and to be used -- for that case. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br><br><br>
I'm soooooo happy about this.
 

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You didn't edit it like Homer's appearance on Rock Bottom, right? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br><br><br>
"Her swee-sw-sw-swee-sweet can."
 

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You don't <i>really</i> need me to answer that, I assume. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:"><br><br><br><br>
I basically cut together footage that demonstrated recurring and malicious cruelty and neglect to animals, primarily elephants. There have been a number of undercover investigations by various groups that have culminated in this combined footage and this lawsuit. We have a good, solid 15 minutes of footage (some as recent as last month) proving quite clearly that this is not some random, isolated situation that can be waved off.<br><br><br><br>
My only problem with this case is that it will not actually put an end to using animals as performers, and the abuses will merely crop up again in the future, assuming a lawsuit is successful in putting Ringling Bros. on better behavior (i.e., monitoring employees more carefully, better care for the animals, etc.). Until animals have certain rights -- for instance, the right not to be made a spectacle in front of large crowds -- the animals will always suffer, and a few disturbed people will always come along to make it worse.
 

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I am hoping that this case will get some larger media attention- great story for dateline. Then once people see that even their beloved barnum and bailey ringling bros circus is abusive, maybe some lightbulbs will begin to glow.<br><br><br><br>
I think people have a certain warm and fuzzy nostalgic feel attached to bbrb and therfore think that maybe some circuses abuse animals, but certainly not the american icon circus that we all have such fond memories of. When they see protesters, they think of them as party poopers, how could you be against bbrb circus?<br><br><br><br>
I think proper media attn can shatter that image and people will become suspect of all circuses. The cynic in me feels that even if circuses get a bad rap, people will not extrapolate to other forms of animal entertainment and will still go to say, sea world and the like, and they won't think back to the protesters and think, hey, they were right after all, maybe they are right about other stuff, too.<br><br><br><br>
for your bittersweet amusement: <a href="http://www.ringling.com/animals/" target="_blank">http://www.ringling.com/animals/</a>
 

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It certainly took long enough. I hate the Ringling Bros, they straight out lie about mistreating their animals. I've always petitioned against them handing out fliers, putting them up on my car etc. I hope they get shut down and all the animals are placed in loving shelters. There are plenty of non-animal circuses to attend.
 

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I have bought the tape from Peta and my sister and I are trying our hardest to get it on television. But we have not had a response yet from any of the networks except for one who said it was to vulgar (I won't mention the name)? But we are not giving up!
 
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