Poll: Ringling Brothers Fined for Allegations of Elephant Abuse

Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus was recently fined for alleged abuse of elephants. Will this affect your decision to attend the circus?

"The Greatest Show On Earth" is paying for the alleged abuse of elephants that took place on several occasions over the past 5 years in violation of the Animal Welfare Act.

For the alleged abuse, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus was fined $270,000 by the USDA.

Ringling Brothers admits to no such violations. Besides paying the fine, the company has agreed to develop and implement annual compliance training for all employees who work with and handle animals.

Patch wants to know if these alleged animal abuse violations will change your mind about attending the circus. Vote in today's poll and elaborate in the comments section below.

ooffa tunamble December 07, 2011 at 05:17 PM
good quote.
shannon4animalRights:) December 07, 2011 at 06:32 PM
so sad to read that bit about gary jocobson's confession.. hard to imagine having that much power over those baby elephants and choosing to use it to harm them for "entertainment" purposes. it's hard to believe there can be so many sadistic people out there.. ooffa, i hope one day you'll come to your senses and join us in the protest line.
ooffa tunamble December 07, 2011 at 07:24 PM
I will be in the protest line the one that debunks your crazy cause.
alex December 07, 2011 at 10:06 PM
OK, i agree PETA people are crazy, they don't play fair.. they LIE etc. that's all been proven over and over (and it's not the point). HOWEVER... !!!! "Without the circus my children would not have ever seen a live lion or elephant or zebra" TAKE YOUR KIDS TO A ZOO !! why does an elephant have to stand on 2 feet for you to see them ? I am SURE most of the animals are cared for and treated perfect. I am also sure some trainer should be eaten by a lion... but again.. take kids to the zoo to see animals. when you want to see sharks, you goto mystic to see them in their (mostly) natural settings. you want to see a lion, why goto a circus? Circus is for entertainment... zoo's are for animals.
L.Ashley January 02, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Animals used in a circus = animal abuse, so I have not gone to a circus with animals since I was a child and did not allow my daughter to attend any for this reason. Now she is a grown woman and passing the same message along. It's long since time to end the exploitation and cruelty. NO MORE ANIMAL CIRCUSES.


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