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Suit Challenges Image of Circus Elephants as Willing Performers (BARF ALERT)
NY Slimes ^ | 1/31/2009 | DAVID STOUT

Posted on 01/31/2009 6:03:10 PM PST by markomalley

One of the most iconic images of American life, that of circus elephants joined trunk-to-tail as they lumber along to delight “children of all ages,” as the old saying goes, is about to be debated in a courtroom.

Are the beasts docile because they are highly intelligent and respond well to training, reinforced with the promise of apples, carrots, water and kindness at day’s end? Or do they obey because their spirits have been broken and they fear getting hit by their trainers?

These are among the questions that will be asked when a lawsuit by a coalition of animal rights’ groups against the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus and its parent company opens in federal court here on Wednesday.

In the complaint, the plaintiffs say the circus’s Asian elephants sleep and travel in cramped, filthy quarters and are routinely prodded, even bloodied, with special clubs or “bull hooks.” The idea that the animals are happy “and allowed to roam free and to socialize” is an illusion created by the circus and its parent, Feld Entertainment Inc. of Vienna, Va., the plaintiffs say.

But the defendants say in court papers that the elephants are “healthy and well cared for” and that they are attended to by veterinarians around the clock. The elephants’ quarters are roomy and well ventilated, heated when necessary, and tended by crews with shovels and hoses at the ready, the defendants say.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Government
KEYWORDS: animalrights; animalwhackos; circus; elephants; moonbats; workingdogs
Which one of Ø's minions was in favor of animals filing suit?
1 posted on 01/31/2009 6:03:10 PM PST by markomalley
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To: markomalley

This wouldn’t be an issue if it were a herd of donkeys


2 posted on 01/31/2009 6:04:27 PM PST by shadeaud (Time to smell the roses and not the stench coming from D.C.)
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To: shadeaud

I hate circuses and clowns!


3 posted on 01/31/2009 6:07:44 PM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie (FREE BLAGO !!! LET HIM SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER !!!)
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To: glock rocks

4 posted on 01/31/2009 6:12:15 PM PST by Bradís Gramma ( PRAY! Pray for the U.S. Pray for Israel.)
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To: markomalley

Simply ask the elephants what they think.
iiiidiots!


5 posted on 01/31/2009 6:15:50 PM PST by Leo Carpathian (fffffFRrrreeeeepppeeee!)
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To: markomalley
Their Lawyer

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6 posted on 01/31/2009 6:16:19 PM PST by txroadkill (So when do I get my Condoms?)
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To: markomalley

Seems to me it would be pert near impossible to FORCE an elephant to do ANYTHING it didn’t want to.


7 posted on 01/31/2009 6:16:57 PM PST by mamelukesabre (Give me Liberty or give me something to aim at)
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To: Brad's Gramma

Ya think Zero will socialize the veterinarians? I’ve got my lab on doggie morphine, maybe we could get some doggie riatlin for my rottie. He needs therapy.

Well, and maybe a trampoline.


8 posted on 01/31/2009 6:19:31 PM PST by glock rocks (God loves stupid people; that's why He made so many of them.)
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To: glock rocks
Ya think Zero will socialize the veterinarians?

Probably. I *think* Schwarz is trying to tax our vet services out here...

9 posted on 01/31/2009 6:34:06 PM PST by Bradís Gramma ( PRAY! Pray for the U.S. Pray for Israel.)
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To: markomalley

>> Suit Challenges Image of Circus Elephants as Willing Performers

Who needs elephants when there are so many willing rhinos.


10 posted on 01/31/2009 6:38:45 PM PST by Gene Eric
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To: shadeaud
This wouldn’t be an issue if it were a herd of donkeys

Yes it would, a few years ago there was an act at the local county fair that had diving donkeys. They jumped off of boards into water! Peta protested everyday they were here

11 posted on 01/31/2009 6:50:34 PM PST by org.whodat (Conservatives don't vote for Bailouts for Super-Rich Bankers! Republicans do!)
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To: Gene Eric
You win!!!!
12 posted on 01/31/2009 6:51:24 PM PST by org.whodat (Conservatives don't vote for Bailouts for Super-Rich Bankers! Republicans do!)
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To: markomalley
One of the most iconic images of American life, that of circus elephants joined trunk-to-tailcitizens as they lumber along to delight “children of all ages,”government beauracracies as the old saying goes, is about to be debated in a courtroom. Are the beastscitizens docile because they are highly intelligent and respond well to training, reinforced with the promise of apples, carrots, water and kindnessWIC checks at day’s end? Or do they obey because their spirits have been broken and they fear getting hit by their trainers?

There. Fixed it.

13 posted on 01/31/2009 7:00:15 PM PST by Funee Kat
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To: mamelukesabre

I remember watching Elephant Walk as a child and being terrified watching the elephants stampede the tea plantation.


14 posted on 01/31/2009 7:24:38 PM PST by Notasoccermom
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To: markomalley

Why the barf alert? Are you in favor of cruelty to animals?


15 posted on 01/31/2009 7:26:19 PM PST by Lucas McCain
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To: Lucas McCain
Why the barf alert? Are you in favor of cruelty to animals?

Yes, absolutely. Of course. Isn't everybody?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In seriousness, it would be foolishness for a circus owner to mistreat very expensive animals (poor resource management). I am also certain that the SPCA in any place where circuses appear keep a VERY close eye on all the performing animals already.

This warrants a barf alert because it seems like another silly PETA-type animal rights circus (IMHO).

16 posted on 01/31/2009 7:34:17 PM PST by markomalley (Extra ecclesiam nulla salus)
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To: markomalley
I am also certain that the SPCA in any place where circuses appear keep a VERY close eye on all the performing animals already.

I misstate SPCA...I mean the local "animal cops"

17 posted on 01/31/2009 7:35:59 PM PST by markomalley (Extra ecclesiam nulla salus)
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