I’ve arranged to get regular updates on this trial from the animal welfare attorneys who are pressing this elephant abuse case and I’ll be passing this information along to you.
Wednesday’s (Feb. 4) opening day of the trial was full of fireworks.
From Tracy Silverman, Esq., General Counsel, Animal Welfare Institute, Washington, DC:
“GARY: Our (the plaintiffs) opening statement by Katherine Meyer previewed the wealth of evidence and testimony that will be presented about how Ringling Bros. elephants are forcefully struck with bull hooks and continuously chained causing them both physical and psychological harm in violation of the Endangered Species Act.
“Dr. Joyce Poole testified that it’s her expert opinion that Ringling Bros.’ routine practices do in fact harass as well as harm the animals.
“Thursday (today, Feb. 5) Pat Cuviello (first hand knowledge of Ringling Bros. elephant mistreatment and abuse) who was expected to testify Wednesday, will be called to the stand.
“We also expect to call former Ringling Bros. employees, Archelle Hundley and Robert Tom who will testify about the mistreatment they observed including one particularly devastating beating of an elephant. Additional photos and video illustrating mistreatment are expected to be offered into evidence.”
— Tracy Silverman
Is elephant abuse at the circus really family entertainment? Hummm. I’ll keep you updated on where this is going. /Gary