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Photographs of a still unnamed baby Asian elephant at the Whipsnade Wild Animal Park in Whipsnade, England on Tuesday, July 28, 2009. The baby was 6-days-old when these photos were taken.Photographs of a still unnamed baby Asian elephant at the Whipsnade Wild Animal Park... more
PETA has video of elephant abuse at Ringling Brothers Circus. In 2009, PETA went undercover inside Ringling Bros. and found that workers beat and whipped elephants and tigers dozens of times while the circus performed around the country. The video is disturbing, and offers a view of the misery and sadness behind "the greatest show on earth."PETA has video of elephant abuse at Ringling Brothers Circus. In 2009, PETA went... more
Tina, Jewel and Queenie are three Asian elephants who have endured a lifetime of abuse in by the circus industry. For years the USDA has stood by and watched as these elephants have been subjected to chronic Animal Welfare Act violations, including abusive and unsafe handling practices, failure to provide adequate medical care to the elephants, and negligent treatment of the animals.
On May 1, 2009, a shockingly emaciated Jewel appeared at the Mehla Shrine Circus in Springfield, Massachusetts. Along with Tina and Jewel, she was trucked 1,700 miles, a journey that exacted untold stress and suffering on this obviously ailing elephant. When she arrived, Jewel was so sickly looking that the Massachusetts SPCA advised the Shriners to bar her from performing. As a result, she spent the weekend chained inside the tent.
And now comes even more alarming news. IDA has just received USDA documents indicating that all three elephants have experienced serious weight loss, two for the second time in two years. Jewel is noted to be “poor body condition and very underweight.”
The USDA has repeatedly cited handler Will Davenport for lacking the training and ability to safely and humanely handle and care for the elephants. Yet the USDA refuses to hold him accountable. Investigations have hit dead ends in the USDA bureaucracy, with no action being taken despite years of well-documented and chronic violations of federal law.
Not only has USDA ignored Davenport's chronic animal welfare violations, but also the agency has allowed this "act" to continue to perform despite the repeated and well-documented public safety transgressions Not surprisingly, in March 2009, the elephants were involved in an "accident" while giving elephant rides, injuring a dozen children.
Enough is enough. IDA has written to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack urging him to order the USDA to confiscate these elephants before someone -- elephant or human -- dies.
The severe weight loss in all three elephants again raises the specter of Tuberculosis and contagion between the elephants and possibly to the public.
On May 1, 2009, IDA discovered all three elephants at the Melha Shrine Circus in Springfield, MA, a destination to which they had been trucked 1,700 miles from their home base in Texas. An emaciated Jewel, who did not perform at any show, spent the four days chained by two legs: under a tent, on pavement, bobbing her head incessantly.Tina, Jewel and Queenie are three Asian elephants who have endured a lifetime of abuse... more
Tina, Jewel and Queenie are three wild-caught Asian elephants who have endured a lifetime of ill-treatment at the hands of the circus industry.
These elephants spent 2008 being trucked around the country with Circus Vazquez.
Shockingly, current "owners" of these elephants, the notorious Davenport circus family, have been allowed to continue to exhibit them despite the egregious violations of federal law committed by the Davenports.
The severe weight loss that led to Tina and Jewel being ordered off the road in 2007 has never been diagnosed, and the elephants are again losing an alarming amount of weight – 1800 pounds between them.
Will Davenport, their 'trainer' is a chronic violator of federal animal welfare law. The USDA received so many calls that it set up a special team to handle them. The pressure we are generating is surely helping to bring attention to the plight of these elephants. We are confident that only a little more pressure is necessary to achieve our goal: confiscation of the elephants and transfer to a sanctuary.
After their scheduled engagements with the Shrine Circus in Idaho were cancelled (thanks to letters from IDA and our loyal members), the elephants returned to their home base in Leggett, Texas. There they reportedly remain while undergoing tuberculosis testing and veterinary evaluation.
Yet, every day that the USDA leaves these elephants in the hands of a trainer that the agency itself has documented to be UNTRAINED and INCOMPETENT, is another day that the lives of these magnificent animals are endangered.
All three elephants have suffered from severe weight loss, Tina and Jewel for the second time in as many years. A just-released USDA inspection report from June indicates that Jewel lost 740 pounds and Queenie (aka "Boo") lost 520 pounds, while Tina has lost 640 pounds in less than a year.
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https://secure2.convio.net/ida/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=1307Tina, Jewel and Queenie are three wild-caught Asian elephants who have endured a... more
IDA Exposes Another Los Angeles Zoo Cover-Up - This week, IDA again exposed the Los Angeles Zoo’s attempt to hide the truth, revealing that it paid a paltry USDA penalty of $3,281 for its FAILURE TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE veterinary care to the elephant, Gita, as she lay dying overnight in June 2006.
The fine also INCLUDED the death of a chimpanzee in July 2006, making the amount even more shockingly scant.
At the time of her death, the L.A. Zoo failed to report that Gita had been observed down on the ground overnight in a perilous position and that zoo personnel took no action to help the suffering elephant. She died soon after keepers found her in the morning.
According to one report, Gita may have laid there for as long as 17 HOURS.
The truth may never have been told if not for IDA, which received a zoo insider tip and exposed the L.A. Zoo’s negligence that caused Gita to suffer a slow and agonizing death.
What gives this latest revelation even more importance is the fact that the fine was paid, according to an L.A. Times report, in January, 2008, yet the zoo kept this information hidden from the public and the Los Angeles City Council, which spent months that year deliberating whether the L.A. Zoo should continue to display elephants.This piece of critical information may have changed the council’s ultimate vote to continue keeping elephants at the zoo.
As if the story so far isn’t enough to make you feel outraged, from the token amount of the fine to the L.A. Zoo withholding vital information from city leaders, there’s MORE...
In May 2008, after Gita’s USDA file was officially closed, IDA submitted requests to the L.A. Zoo and the USDA, requesting information on the case. Neither public entity (the zoo is city owned and run) provided any information regarding the penalty, as both are required to do by law.
In response to IDA’s exposé of the L.A. Zoo, Los Angeles City Council member Tony Cardenas presented a motion before the city council this week that would force the zoo to account for this outrageous cover-up and direct the City Attorney to investigate and report back on any possible criminal and/or civil violations by the L.A. Zoo of the California Public Records Act and the U.S. Freedom of Information Act.
IDA was only able to learn about the L.A. Zoo’s fine because we sent a letter last month, signed by actress Lily Tomlin and leading animal protection organizations, to the USDA, blasting the agency for its failure to protect captive-held elephants.
The USDA’s response letter contained scant information about Gita and the zoo’s fine, as well as unacceptable and incomplete explanations regarding their inaction for other elephants.
This is one more case where the USDA is failing to protect elephants and to hold those who violate the Animal Welfare Act truly accountable.
What the L.A. Zoo received is nothing more than a slap on the wrist, despite the fact that Gita, an endangered Asian elephant, suffered for hours in terrible pain without veterinary care.
Help IDA hold both the L.A. Zoo and the USDA accountable for this travesty of justice.
1) If you live in the City of Los Angeles, please contact Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and your city council member and express your outrage at yet another L.A. Zoo cover-up and the fact that critical information was withheld from the council during hearings on the future of the elephant exhibit. Urge your council member to take action to whether construction on the $42 million dollar display should continue.
2) Write to your Congressperson and urge her or him to hold the USDA accountable for its utter failure to protect elephants in circuses and zoos and uphold federal law.
3) The other elephants that the USDA is failing to protect, including Tina, Queenie and Jewel, three elephants who are suffering and in danger, held by an abusive circus trainer. https://secure2.convio.net/ida/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=1307IDA Exposes Another Los Angeles Zoo Cover-Up - This week, IDA again exposed the Los... more
Undercover Video by PETA shows circus elephants and other animals being beaten.
An animal-rights group has released a video showing what it says is the abuse of circus elephants.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has released what it says is a secretly recorded video showing Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus handlers striking the animals backstage.
PETA said someone affiliated with the group made the four-minute video during a circus tour this year.
The recording shows circus trainers using bullhooks - tools with handles weighing between 1.8 and 3.6 kilograms and pointed metal hooks - to strike elephants across the face, legs and body.
In one section of the video, a trainer curses at an elephant then strikes it with a bullhook while telling it to "back up".
Circus spokeswoman Amy McWethy denied PETA's claims.
"Ringling Bros & Barnum and Bailey loves its elephants," she said.
Bullhooks "are used harmlessly by elephant trainers throughout the world", she said.
Feld Entertainment, which owns the circus, called the video "questionable in its context regarding the portrayal of circus animal handlers".
It said the circus was in compliance with federal, state and local regulations at the time PETA says the video was made.
"Ringling Bros is proud of its efforts to care for and increase the population of the endangered Asian elephant and we encourage people to come see for themselves that the animals are thriving in our care," the company said.Undercover Video by PETA shows circus elephants and other animals being beaten. An... more
Unbelievable. I will say that this is a refreshing way to see positive connections between people and animals after seeing all of the footage of dolphin slaughters yesterday. Wow. Amazing!!!Unbelievable. I will say that this is a refreshing way to see positive connections... more
Photographs of an unnamed baby elephant and his mother - named Thura - at the Hagenbeck Zoo in Hamburg, Germany on Wednesday, July 8, 2009. The baby was born on July 4, 2009.Photographs of an unnamed baby elephant and his mother - named Thura - at the... more
Photographs of a baby elephant and his mother at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia on Tuesday, July 7, 2009. The as yet unnamed baby was born on Saturday, July 4, 2009.Photographs of a baby elephant and his mother at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia... more
PHOTO: A mountain gorilla is having a snare removed. Illegal logging/deforestation has created access for illegal hunting and illegal wildlife-trade. The snares are used to catch "bushmeat" (anything that ends up in the trap).
Large numbers of endangered animals have been killed by armed groups at Africa's oldest national park in the Democratic Republic of Congo since the start of the year, park officials and environmental groups said Tuesday.
Chimpanzees, elephants, antelopes, birds and hippos have been slaughtered after Virunga National Park became the scene of intense fighting.
The park, on the frontier with Uganda, was made a world heritage site by the UN's cultural body UNESCO, and is home to endangered species such as the mountain gorilla.
"Four chimpanzees were killed last week in the central zone and 11 elephants since the start of the year," park director Emmanuel de Merode told AFP.
He added "a large number of game animals", including antelopes, had also been slaughtered.
Bantu Lukamba, from local environmental NGO Innovation, said: "At least 31 animals, including 11 migratory birds and three hippos were killed over 21 days."
They died between May 25 and June 16, he said.
Armed groups have overrun the park since violence flared up last year.
It became the theatre of intense fighting, mainly between government forces or their proxies and rebels of the National Congress for the Defence of the People.
"It is impossible to get control the situation in the park, given the huge number of armed men who exploit its resources," Merode said.
The park is also home to Lake Edward, which in 1980 was the world's most important hippopotamus sanctuary with 27,000 of the animals.
There are now less than 300, according to Merode.
Created in 1925, Virunga National Park is the oldest in Africa.PHOTO: A mountain gorilla is having a snare removed. Illegal logging/deforestation has... more
JAKARTA, Indonesia -- At least 15 endangered Sumatran elephants have been shot or poisoned to death with cyanide-laced fruit this year, marking a sharp rise in the rate of killing from 2008, a government conservationist said Wednesday.
The giant mammals were mostly killed by poachers for their ivory, said Tony Suhartono, the director of biodiversity conservation at the Forest Ministry.
The number killed in the past six months is equal to the total for the whole of 2008, he said.
"It is shocking," said Syamsidar, a campaigner with the World Wildlife Fund in the western island of Sumatra.
The killing is the result of a "conflict between humans and elephants," said Syamsidar, who like many Indonesians goes by a single name. "The forest is in critical condition due to the illegal logging, slash-and-burn farming practices and plantations."
Indonesia's endangered elephants, tigers, rhinos and orangutans are increasingly threatened by their shrinking habitat in the jungle, which is commonly cleared for commercial farming or felled for lumber. Only 3,000 Sumatran elephants are believed to remain in the wild.
They sometimes venture into inhabited areas searching for food and destroy crops or attack humans, making them unpopular with locals.JAKARTA, Indonesia -- At least 15 endangered Sumatran elephants have been shot or... more
Born Free USA united with API's dynamic circus campaign aims to end the exploitation and suffering of wild animals used in circuses through public education about the animals' quality of life, training and transportation methods, myths about conservation, and the inherent dangers to the public that exist by having wild and exotic animals in traveling exhibitions and performances, and by working to pass state and local laws aimed at prohibiting or restricting the use of wild and exotic animals in circuses.
The good news is that you as an individual have tremendous power to help change the lifetime of misery faced by animals that perform in circuses. There are a number of things you can do to start helping right away.
Please sign our petition to Kenneth Feld, Chairman and CEO of Feld Entertainment, Inc. and owner/producer of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey animal circus.
Let him know that the use of animals in the circus is an unnecessary and inhumane practice that is harmful to both the animals and the public. Urge him to update his circus by making it compassionate and truly fun with only human performers.
Please sign and send in our pledge to show your support and promote animal-free circuses.
We will collect signed pledges and deliver them to Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus — letting them know just how many people prefer animal-free circuses. Feel free to make copies to share with others! Send your completed pledge to:
Born Free USA united with API
P.O. Box 22505
Sacramento, CA 95822Born Free USA united with API's dynamic circus campaign aims to end the... more
A short interview with Marko Nichols-Marey whom I discovered living in the jungles of the lowlands of Nepal. He works at Tiger Top, an elephant refuge and national park. Marko, 22, is from New York. Marko came to Nepal after deciding that working for his father was not going to work out. His story is compelling for anyone interested in setting out for new territory, anyone interested in travel, in seeking.A short interview with Marko Nichols-Marey whom I discovered living in the jungles of... more
Efforts are under way to end a deadly battle between farmers and elephants in a rural area of Malawi.
The International Fund for Animal Welfare says it is doing that by moving more than 60 elephants in the southern African country. They are being taken from Phirilongwe village, south of Lake Malawi, to the Majete Wildlife Reserve.
Jason Bell-Leask, a director for IFAW, said the evacuation began Monday with nine elephants, including three young calves, that were tranquilized and lifted by a crane onto trucks for the six-hour journey to the reserve.
Local farmers sometimes use violence to protect their crops from raids by the elephants, and at least 10 people and a number of elephants have recently died in such confrontations.
"For years the herd has been maimed by local villagers, sometimes using appallingly cruel methods to protect their crops and granaries from raids by the elephants," said Bell-Leask. "Our team on the ground reports that one of the elephants darted this morning is missing the bottom portion of her trunk — probably as a result of a snare."
The relocation of the dozens of elephants is expected to take about three weeks.Efforts are under way to end a deadly battle between farmers and elephants in a rural... more
Farmers in Africa have managed to save their crops from elephants by using tiny bees to frighten some of the biggest animals on earth away.
Elephants regularly destroy food crops in Kenya, but because the huge animals are impossible to keep out with fences, locals are forced to shoot the endangered species.
Now a pilot study by Oxford University and Save the Elephants charity has found the one thing elephants seem to be scared of – bees.
A simple beehive fence has been shown to significantly reduce crop raids by elephants. The fence is constructed of beehives suspended on poles and connected by lengths of fencing wire. Elephants avoid the hives and will attempt to push through the wire but this causes the hives to swing violently, prompting an attack of angry bees.
Bees swarm around the elephants' eyes and up their trunks and can even kill calves, as they have thinner hides.
Even when the hives are empty the elephants remember the harm that can be caused by the insects and stay away.
Lucy King of Oxford University's Department of Zoology, said a farm protected by the beehive fence had 86 per cent fewer successful crop raids by elephants and 150 per cent fewer raiding elephants than a control farm without the fence. Farmers are also protected from cattle rustlers and can harvest the honey two or three times a year.
"Our previous research has shown that elephants are scared away by recordings of the buzzing of angry bees," she said. "We designed the beehive fence as an affordable and practical way of applying this knowledge to create a barrier that the elephants would be afraid to cross."Farmers in Africa have managed to save their crops from elephants by using tiny bees... more
IFAW - 70 elephants could be executed if we don't move them immediately.
WE MUST ACT NOW to save a large herd of elephants - adults and babies - that face the firing line in the southeast African country of Malawi.
YouTube VIDEO link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNSQBZIlpyIIFAW - 70 elephants could be executed if we don't move them immediately. WE... more
In Defense of Animals (IDA) recently received this sickening video of a female elephant named Andra being beaten with a bullhook (ankus) at a circus in Greece.
The Greek organization ARCTUROS reports that the perpetrator is a trainer with an Italian circus named MASSIMO. The video has been released to the media in Greece and it has attracted much attention and concern.
Please follow the link to see how the power of your voice can help save Andra (and many other animals) from this horrific abuse and cruelty.In Defense of Animals (IDA) recently received this sickening video of a female... more
After almost nine years of claims and counterclaims, a ruling is finally expected soon in a lawsuit accusing Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus of abusing endangered Asian elephants.
In March, U.S. District Judge Emmett Sullivan heard closing arguments in Washington in the case, in which Ringling Bros. asserted that it was a world leader in the humane treatment of elephants and argued that its methods of handling the animals — including the use of chains and sharp "bull hooks" — were allowed under federal regulations.
"You can see our animals, they're in really great health," said Kenneth Feld, chief executive of Feld Entertainment Inc. of Vienna, Va., which produces the Ringling Bros. circus.
"I think they are very humane ways of handling them," he said in an interview with TODAY's Natalie Morales.
Animal welfare groups, however, tell a very different story. Ringling Bros. "routinely" violates the Endangered Species Act of 1973 by "harming, harassing, and wounding endangered elephants," they allege, claiming that the circus' elephants are beaten, chained for long periods and forced to separate from their mothers at too young an age.
"I call it daily, systematic abuse," said Tom Rider, who worked as an elephant barn man for Ringling Bros. from 1997 to 1999.After almost nine years of claims and counterclaims, a ruling is finally expected soon... more
The bodies of young elephants covered in the brown dirt of dried-up wells tell a heartrending story.Reaching desperately for drops of water, they had lowered their trunks, toppled in, remained trapped and died in Mali's scorching heat.
The "last desert elephants in West Africa" have "adapted to survive in the harsh conditions" they face, Save the Elephants said Monday. But now, the group says, conditions have gone from bad to worse, and they are living "on the margin of what is ecologically viable."
Save the Elephants distributed new pictures Monday that depict the devastating drought and the struggle for survival in Mali, one of the poorest nations in the world.
"Six elephants have already been found dead," the group wrote in a news release accompanying the photos.
"Four others, including three calves, were recently extracted from a shallow well into which they had fallen when searching for water. Only the largest survived."
The youngest are in the most danger, since their smaller trunks can't reach deep into the few remaining wells, the group said.
The worst drought in 26 years is threatening the existence of the "last desert elephants in West Africa," the northernmost herds in the continent, Save the Elephants said.The bodies of young elephants covered in the brown dirt of dried-up wells tell a... more