I’ve arranged to get regular updates on the Ringling Bros. Circus federal elephant abuse trial in Washington, DC. /Gary
From the Animal Welfare Institute in Washington, DC:
Thursday (Feb. 5), former Ringling Bros. employees, Archele Hundley and Robert Tom, Jr. both testified that elephants endure both daily bull hook abuse and continuous chaining at the circus. They also described the severe beating of an elephant whose handler rammed a bullhook into the elephant’s ear and hit him for more than 40 minutes.
The last witness to testify was San Jose, California, Police Sergeant Lynette Williams who attended a Ringling Bros. circus inspection where she observed elephants with lacerations and puncture wounds which she testified were caused by bull hooks. 40 photographs from the inspection were entered into evidence.
While we’re not scheduled to be in trial on Fridays, we will be in court today (Fri., Feb. 6) to conclude the testimony of Lynette Williams.
Copies of transcripts from the trial as well as the exhibits entered into evidence in our (the plaintiffs’) case will be available on AWI’s web site in the coming days.
Tracy Silverman, General Counsel, Animal Welfare Institute