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Ringling Bros. Circus elephant abuse trial UPDATE

By Gary Bogue
Friday, February 6th, 2009 at 7:31 am in Circus, Elephants, Ringling Bros..

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

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  1. Pam Molder Says:

    I remember being 8 years old and my parents scraped enough money together to take use 3 kids to the Saturday showing of the circus. The glitz, glitter, music, clowns and animals totally entraced me, until we were walking out I saw the lions in the small cages pacing and pacing. I couldn’t imagine being kept that way all of my life. I didn’t go to another circus growing up.
    Years later when I was 23, my husband and I went with a couple who had extra tickets to the circus in Oakland. It was one of the most depressing things I have ever experienced. The glitz and glitter was really soddy costumes. The animals didn’t even seem to have any life in them. The handlers poked and prodded to get them to do tricks to entertain us humans. It has been over 20 years since then and I still have a heavy heart thinking of that show.

  2. Clemuel Boougah Says:

    You people really need a life.

  3. Gary Bogue Says:

    Clemuel: So do those poor elephants.

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