CIRCUS ELEPHANTS GONE
(was) RICO LAWSUIT FINGERS HSUS
Ringling Brothers Circus fought back against HSUS in 2010 but by 2018 there will be no more elephants to entertain us.
Update June 2015 - Mar 2010 | TheDogPress.com
Chuck Jolley - cattlenetwork.com and Agnetwork.com
It was a busy Monday, much like any other Monday this
winter. The old bones were aching from clearing the
driveway of the output of still another snowstorm. I was
thinking a couple aspirins and a nap might be a good
idea when Rob Cook perked things up. He had just
forwarded a press release to me.
“Did you get this?” he asked in his email.
I looked at the headline: ”Racketeering Lawsuit Fingers Humane Society of the United States.”
Now that’s an attention grabber. A vision of the ever
dapper Wayne Pacelle, the top gun at HSUS, decked in
prison stripes instead of Armani, flashed through my
head. “Who,” I thought, “was giving HSUS the finger?”
Turns out it was Ringling Brothers, those kindly circus
folk that HSUS and a few other animal rights
organizations hammered with an animal cruelty charge a
few years ago. In October, 2008, Federal Court
proceedings began in a case involving a 2007 lawsuit
filed against Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey
Circus, claiming their famous elephants were subjected
to ‘cruel and inhumane treatment.’
The suit alleged that the circus staff “routinely beat
elephants, chain them for long periods of time, hit them
with sharp bull hooks, break baby elephants with force
to make them submissive, and forcibly remove baby
elephants from their mothers before they are weaned.”
After some top flight lawyers on both sides of the issue
fought it out in court, ‘mano a mano,’ Ringling Bros was
In January 27, the Entertainment Law Digest
reported “A federal judge dismissed for lack of standing
an animal cruelty lawsuit against the owner of the
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, saying the lead
plaintiff, a former elephant caretaker, had received
nearly $200,000 in illegal payouts from animal rights
It didn’t take long for Barnum lawyers to strike back
with that RICO suit, did it? Uncovering the existence of
the suit were the folks at Center for Consumer Freedom
who posted a link to the papers on their just opened web
site www.humanewatch.org. David Martosko, one of the
more outspoken folks at CCF and their Director of
Research, was my first call.
Thanks to Chuck Jolley, David Martosko, and Susan Wolf, Sportsmen's and Animal Owners' Voting Alliance - http://saova.org
Editor's note: In 2004 work elephants saved thousands of people by leading them up the mountain just before the tsunamai hit. We broke the
PETA Sues Circus/Circus Sues ASPCA story Aug 2007. In May 2014 TheDogPress.com reported the court-ordered $20 million settlement HSUS must pay to the circus. In March of
2015 Ringling Bros. announced they are phasing out all elephant acts by 2018.
Remember that elephants have worked for mankind almost as long as dogs
and they are worshipped in many countries. Will service dogs be next?
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