Bil Browning

PETA in the Indy Star

Filed By Bil Browning | July 27, 2005 6:04 PM | comments

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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has a story in today's Indy Star. They've asked the owners of a Gary shopping center to cancel a circus scheduled for next weekend.

While I'm sure all my gentle readers would never go to a circus where animal acts are exhibited (After all, circuses are no fun for the animals that are caged, beaten and forced to perform unnatural tricks.), this particular circus, Carson and Barnes, is particularly nasty.

Since 2004, PETA has tried to contact every community or group with plans to host a Carson & Barnes circus to urge them to cancel the event.

Nicole Meyer, an elephant specialist for PETA, said the 69-year-old circus troupe employs animal handlers among the worst in the industry.

But Brenda Pobre, a spokeswoman for the circus, said the company has never violated federal animal cruelty laws, and that citations by regulators have been for minor infractions.

"I doubt you've ever eaten in a restaurant that hasn't been cited for something," she said.

Can you imagine? The gall of these PETA people! To accuse a poor innocent circus like that... Somewhere a clown must be crying. Well, with facts like that, those circus people made me want to find out what they've been cited for...

At I found a fact-sheet on Carson and Barnes. The first paragraph says:

Carson & Barnes Circus has failed to meet minimal federal standards for the care of animals used in exhibition as established in the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has cited Carson & Barnes Circus numerous times for failure to provide vetrinary care and minimum space, for failure to provide shelter from the elements, for failure to maintain transport trailers, for inadequate ventilation, for unsound fencing that failed to protect spectators and the animals, for rusty animal cages, for giving animals unclean water, and for failure to keep animal care records.

Some of those were some pretty major citations - not minor at all! I don't know that I'd eat in a restaurant that had that many serious citations. But I do know that I'll never go to a Carson and Barnes circus.

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DATE: 7/28/2005 01:31:33 PM

Since many PETA staffers have gone on record saying they would oppose an AIDS cure if animals or animal products were used anywhere in the process, I don't care what they say or do.Also, since my godfather was given a pig valve -- at a time when other methods were unavailable --and allowed to live 15 more productive years, I'll agree to disagree when it comes to PETA.

AUTHOR: bilerico

DATE: 7/28/2005 07:58:14 PM

Yeah, but your godfather's heart and a cure for AIDS don't have anything to do with circuses. Animal circus acts are inhumane, often dangerous to the animal's health, and coerced by violent means. An elephant belongs in the wild - not as part of an act.No matter what your thoughts on PETA, the truth remains that the cause of eleminating barbaric acts of danger featuring unwilling participants is true. How long ago did we stop doing this to other humans?


DATE: 7/29/2005 09:16:30 AM

Oh I agree there is mistreatment out there. Would you suggest we close zoos, too? African animals, elephants in particular, do so well in the wild these days with all of the poaching for ivory, famines, droughts, and wars rolling across Africa."How long ago did we stop doing this to other humans?"In case you've stopped watching the new, humans have never stopped doing this to each other. We're still acting like the animals that we are.

AUTHOR: bilerico

DATE: 8/09/2005 04:22:57 PM

#1 - You bring up zoos. We're not talking about zoos. Or your grandfather. We're talking about circuses. Animals aren't forced to perform tricks at the zoo. No one makes the lion jump through a flaming hoop or forces the elephant to stand on its hind legs.#2 - By asking how long ago we'd stopped doing this to humans, I meant forcing other humans to perform for our amusement. A good example would be the gladiator/slave battles of ancient Rome. Capturing other humans "in the wild" and making them perform for our pleasure has gone the way of clubbing your soon-to-be "wife" over the head with a club and dragging her off. Hopefully soon, circuses will join the netherworld of unacceptable practices.