Honorable Thomas J. Vilsack
U.S. Department of Agriculture 1400
Independence Ave., S.W.
Washington, DC 20250
Dear Secretary Vilsack:
Re: Please Revoke Ringling's
President Barack Obama promised “change.”
Enough is enough. If Sarah Palin were President of the United States, we would not feel surprise about this country’s
cruelty to animals.
In light of Ringling Bros.
and Barnum and Bailey Circus' (“Ringling”) repeated failure to comply with the Animal Welfare
Act, please revoke its USDA exhibitor's license. There is a mountain of
evidence showing that Ringling routinely abuses elephants with sharp metal bullhooks
and electric prods and pulls still-nursing baby elephants from their mothers to
be violently trained and sent on the road.
When traveling from one city
to another, elephants routinely spend between 25 and 70 consecutive hours in
cramped, filthy boxcars. The prolonged chaining causes unusually high rates of
osteoarthritis, lameness, foot abscesses, and other serious and painful
conditions of the feet, legs, and joints.
animal abusers such as Ringling should not receive USDA license renewals.
are living a new chapter of the United States.
voted for “change.”
Again, please revoke Ringling's
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