What’s this…PETA Wrong…Of course they are!!!


PETA wrong about Ringling Bros. Circus

A recent commentary by a lawyer for the animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals made a number of allegations against Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus that demand correction.

In its recent opinion piece, PETA goes to great lengths describing the impressive intelligence and complex behaviors of elephants, and on that subject, and that alone, we wholeheartedly agree. The dedicated men and women with Ringling Bros. who spend their lives caring for our herd of elephants, the largest in the Western Hemisphere, witness daily how amazing these animals truly are. And giving families around the country the chance to also see, up close and in person, these majestic animals, is at the heart of what Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey is all about. This is what groups like PETA want people to miss.

Sadly, once their reverence for elephants is stated, the PETA commentary then goes on the attack, and as a result, we could not disagree more with its claims. PETA makes a variety of unfounded statements about Ringling Bros. animal care and certain approved animal husbandry tools our professionals use. What it fails to mention is that all of our animal care procedures and methods are frequently inspected by local, state and federal animal welfare officials in almost every city we visit. In addition, the tools used in elephant husbandry care are accepted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which licenses circuses such as Ringling Bros., as well as professional organizations whose members have decades of experience working with elephants, an accomplishment PETA cannot claim.

In addition, the elephants and all the other animals with Ringling Bros. receive unparalleled veterinary care. We employ a staff of veterinarians with more experience in elephant physiology and reproduction than any other organization. We also have veterinary technicians on each circus unit and even an “on call” vet in every city we visit. So contrary to PETA’s opinion, Ringling Bros. clearly dedicates the time and resources to guarantee the very best animal care.

In stark contrast to PETA, Ringling Bros. is also committed to not only caring for its endangered Asian elephants but working toward their survival as a species. The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation (CEC) was founded in 1995 to do just that. Pioneered by Kenneth Feld, Chairman and CEO of Feld Entertainment, Ringling Bros.’ parent company, this unique facility is dedicated to the research, retirement and reproduction of the Asian elephant. To date, we have had 25 elephant births and look forward to more in the future.

Beyond the groundbreaking research done at the CEC, we also work with conservation organizations and governments in Asian elephant range countries, with an in-depth program currently under way in Sri Lanka. Our domestic and international efforts are all focused on our conservation mission statement: “Endangered Species? Not if we can help it.”

Every day we continue to learn more and more about the Asian elephant and all of us with Ringling Bros. take great pride in being able to bring them to families across the country. So next time we visit your hometown, don’t take what groups like PETA say at face value but come and see for yourself how the elephants and all the other animals with The Greatest Show On Earth are truly thriving in our care.


Stephen Payne is vice president for corporate communications of Feld Entertainment Inc., which owns Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Readers may write to him at Feld Entertainment, 8607 Westwood Center Drive, Vienna, Va. 22182.


Disclaimer connected to this blog…Things said are on my opinion and the opinion of others…Stay tuned -B


~ by topcatsroar on May 31, 2013.

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