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  • Tusker elopes with circus elephant

    08/31/2007 8:28:44 AM PDT · by DancesWithCats · 3 replies · 192+ views
    Times of India ^ | august 31st, 2007 | DancesWithCats
    30 Aug 2007, 0135 hrs IST,Debajyoti Chakraborty,TNN RANIGANJ (WB): He was tall, dark, handsome and wild at heart. She was city bred, not all that coy. And it was love at first sight. A huge tusker, straight out of the jungle, raided a circus in the wee hours of Wednesday, freed a female elephant and eloped with her to make a cosy home by a pond in Raiganj. This tale of untamed love has yet another bizarre twist: a second female elephant, said to be "very attached" to the one that fled the circus, has broken down and is grieving...
  • Circus Sued For Alleged Elephant Cruelty

    08/24/2007 4:51:44 AM PDT · by ShadowDancer · 8 replies · 507+ views
    ClickonDetroit ^ | August 24, 2007 | AP
    Circus Sued For Alleged Elephant Cruelty Circus Defends Practices, Says It Controls Animals HumanelyPOSTED: 2:18 am EDT August 24, 2007 UPDATED: 2:27 am EDT August 24, 2007 NEW YORK -- A lawsuit, seeking better treatment for circus elephants, will proceed. After seven years of legal wrangling, a federal judge rejected efforts by Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey to derail a lawsuit alleging animal cruelty. Animal rights groups said the use of sharp hooks by trainers, the routine use of chains, the separation of baby elephants from their mothers and other circus practices are violations of the Endangered Species Act....
  • How 20 girls were saved from circus slavery (Indian circuses)

    06/29/2007 1:59:32 PM PDT · by Bladerunnuh · 6 replies · 664+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | 6-29-07 | Thomas Bell
    As a circus ringmaster Bhim Lama worked with tigers. His colleague, Ganesh Shrestha, provoked laughter around the dinner table when asked if he also trained big cats. Six of the Nepalese girls show some of the circus tricks they were forced to learn "No," he said. "Little girls." Now they have a new career, releasing the Nepalese children sold into slavery in Indian circuses. As the rescue team of a British charity, the Esther Benjamins Trust, they have freed more than 200 child acrobats. In a recent case, the two poachers turned gamekeepers travelled with 12 parents to northern India...
  • America Supports You: Military Families Enjoy Circus Fun

    04/05/2007 4:29:30 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 206+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    FAIRFAX, Va., April 5, 2007 – More than 150 servicemembers and their families spent last night enjoying circus antics for free during Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus' Military Appreciation Night. Nicole, a Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus elephant, officially welcomes members of the Defense Department’s “Why We Serve” speakers program to Military Appreciation Night the at circus held at George Mason University’s Patriot Center, April 4. Defense Dept. photo by Samantha L. Quigley  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Marines from Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., and soldiers from Fort Belvoir, Va., got free tickets to...
  • America Supports You: Circus Honors Wounded Servicemembers

    03/23/2007 7:05:08 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 250+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, March 23, 2007 – More than 60 wounded warriors from Walter Reed Army Medical Center here and the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., spent last night clowning around at Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus’s Military Appreciation Night. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. John F. Sattler and Kenneth Feld, chairman and chief executive officer of Feld Entertainment, hold the America Supports You dog tag hanging from a show elephant at the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus show at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., March 22. Photo by William D. Moss  (Click photo for screen-resolution...
  • BAY AREA: Local Mexicans weigh in on 'circus' south of the border

    12/02/2006 10:36:01 AM PST · by SmithL · 13 replies · 777+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/2/6 | Tyche Hendricks
    Mexican residents around the Bay Area watched the tense inauguration of Mexico's new President Felipe Calderon with sadness and frustration Friday, some expressing disgust that Calderon prevailed in what they called a stolen election, others dismayed by the fisticuffs and jeers as opposition lawmakers tried to impede the swearing-in ceremony. Many Mexicans who have kept an eye on the politics of their home country from here said they thought a combination of dirty campaigning and vote fraud had denied the presidency to leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who lost the election by less than 1 percent. But some said...
  • Rasmussen poll finds Perry ahead 13 points over Strayhorn

    10/11/2006 5:36:14 PM PDT · by okstate · 35 replies · 1,012+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 11 October 2006 | Scott Rasmussen
    Rick Perry (R) 34% Carole Keeton Strayhorn (I) 21% Chris Bell (D) 19% Kinky Friedman (I) 18% 500 Likely Voters Survey conducted October 9th
  • Pa-Ib a real person, but royalty?(PT Barnum Mummy)

    09/19/2006 7:58:36 PM PDT · by GinJax · 1 replies · 435+ views
    Connecticut Post ^ | 15 Sep 2006 | MEG BARONE
    BRIDGEPORT — Every day was April Fools' Day for P.T. Barnum, the renowned showman and self-proclaimed Prince of Humbugs, a title that leads to questions about the authenticity of the artifacts he left behind. After all, the Bridgeport Renaissance man gave the world the Fejee Mermaid, a fantasy creature that was one of his biggest hoaxes. But leave it to Barnum to play with people's minds, even from beyond the grave. Just as one starts to believe everything in Barnum's collection sprang from his creative genius, along come a couple of archaeological experts to authenticate Pa-Ib, an Egyptian mummy reputed...
  • Iraqi Govt removes Saddam trial judge

    09/19/2006 7:02:35 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 5 replies · 425+ views
    Iraq's Shiite-led Cabinet has removed the chief judge in the genocide trial of Saddam Hussein, accusing him of being biased towards the defendant. Judge Abdullah al-Ameri has come under fire for making a statement that Saddam was not a "dictator" during a friendly exchange with the accused at a hearing on September 14. "I can confirm he has been removed," Government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said. "The Government of Iraq feels the judge is no longer neutral as could be seen when he described Saddam Hussein as not being a 'dictator'," Mr Dabbagh said. Mr Dabbagh says that the decision to...
  • PETA Protests Phelps NY Circus

    08/16/2006 7:51:38 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 4 replies · 314+ views
    PHELPS-NY--The circus is coming to Phelps next week and along with the animals, clowns, and cotton candy comes controversy. PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, is asking the Phelps Town Board to approve legislation that would ban bullhooks, electric prods and other devices the group says are commonly used to inflict pain on elephants. PETA Captive Exotic Animal Specialist Lisa Wathne says a video on their website shows the Carson and Barnes Circus training the elephants. 00685_PETA1.mp2     Lisa Wathne :18 Wathne says the video also reveals that a trainer wants to keeps the animal abuse out of...
  • Runaway circus kangaroo on the loose

    07/19/2006 7:21:52 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 28 replies · 840+ views
    Reuters ^ | 07/18/06
    A kangaroo is roaming the green hills of Ireland after escaping a circus near the picturesque port of Kinsale. "This kangaroo broke loose just before the show while they were bringing him from the cages to the arena. He decided to take a walk," said local farmer John Walsh on whose land the 2-year-old male, named Sydney, made his break for freedom. Circus staff launched a fruitless four-hour search following the escape on Sunday. There had since been one unconfirmed sighting of the animal, renamed "Hoppy" by locals and described as two and a half to three foot (76 to...
  • PETA GROWLS AT DICTIONARY (Webster's must change "circus" to "animal cruelty")

    06/24/2006 8:04:00 AM PDT · by Liz · 27 replies · 748+ views
    NY POST ^ | 6/24/06 | HEIDI SINGER
    PETA members are petitioning the publishers of the Webster's Dictionary to alter the definition of circus to reflect what PETA says are the miserable lives of elephants, lions and other wild animals. Merriam Webster spokesman Arthur Bicknell: "We're not a political organization whatsoever. Our job is to reflect the English language as it is actually being used."
  • PETA Protest (Goofball alert)

    06/14/2006 9:31:27 AM PDT · by BerniesFriend · 13 replies · 838+ views
    KATC TV3 NEWS (Lafayette, La.) ^ | 6/14/2006 | unknown
    PETA Protest June 14, 2006 09:06 AM CDT Around noon Tuesday there was an unusual sight in downtown Lafayette. On the corner of Jefferson and Congress, a woman painted like a tiger sat in a cage in protest. She says it's all for fair treatment of animals. As PETA volunteer Sarah Harley gets ready to take her position, a crowd begins to gather, all to see the lady in the cage. "PETA sometimes has to do shocking things to get attention and if you look around, you can tell this is bring a lot if attention. Now hopefully, less people...
  • What's grey and subject of a 6-year legal fight ?

    06/04/2006 11:38:03 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 1 replies · 164+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | June 4, 2006 | David Crary (A.P.)
    NEW YORK (AP) -- With their colorful headgear and repertoire of tricks, they're top-billed stars of The Greatest Show on Earth. But away from the arena, the Asian elephants used in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus are at the heart of perhaps the most bitter animal-care fight around, one that's dragged through court for six years already and is inching toward a trial. It's a heavyweight bout, pitting America's biggest circus against some of the most influential animal-welfare groups. Ringling insists that its elephants receive state-of-the-art treatment and it's determined to keep them in its cast. Its...
  • Ringling Bros. Battles to Keep Elephants (Fighting animal rights advocates)

    06/03/2006 4:01:38 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 63 replies · 915+ views
    The Las Vegas Sun ^ | June 3, 2006 | David Crary , AP
    The Asian elephants used in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus are at the heart of perhaps the most bitter animal-care fight around, one that's dragged through court for six years already and is inching toward a trial. Its adversaries - a group including the Humane Society of the United States, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Animal Welfare Institute - argue vehemently that circus life is inherently cruel to the elephants. They allege that the use of sharpened hooks by trainers, the routine use of chains, the separation of baby elephants...
  • America Supports You: Circus Brings Fitness, Fun to Military Kids

    04/28/2006 4:36:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 184+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Kathleen T. Rhem
    WASHINGTON, April 27, 2006 – The circus came to town today in the outdoor center courtyard of the military's headquarters. Ringling Brothers Circus clowns Christina (left) and Martha lead a group of military officers through a comic balancing exercise during a Pentagon event in recognition of National Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day April 27. Photo by Lexi Rhem   Clowns and other performers with Ringling Brothers Circus brought a lesson of fitness and support for the military to dozens of children accompanying their Pentagon-based parents for the National Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day observance....
  • LIVE! From the FReeper Canteen ~ It's Camp Run-A-Muk! ~ CIRCUS! ~ Friday, April 28, 2006!

    04/27/2006 6:33:58 PM PDT · by tomkow6 · 637 replies · 4,566+ views
    My "VOICES","kitty-katz",the Canteen Crew,John Jacob Jingle-Himmer Smith,and FRiends of the Canteen
        For the freedom you enjoyed yesterday... Thank the Veterans who served in The United States Armed Forces.   FR CANTEEN MISSION STATEMENT Showing support and boosting the morale of our military and our allies military and the family members of the above. Honoring those who have served before. Thank you, to all our military members protecting and defending the United States today. Thank you to those who have gone before, to make our country what it is today. Thank you to our Allies, who stand by our side in this endeavor. Your sacrifices are not taken for...
  • Ringling Bros. Joins 'America Supports You' in Washington

    03/30/2006 5:44:39 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 294+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 30, 2006 – Corporate support for the nation's troops means a lot, especially to their families, a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here last night as Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus began its annual series of performances in the nation's capital. America Supports You welcomed Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus as a corporate member during a kickoff ceremony. Michael Richter, a clown with the circus, poses in front of an ASY sign before the show in downtown Washington, D.C., March 29. Photo by Paul X. Rutz  (Click photo for screen-resolution...
  • PETA Lawsuit Against Circus Boss Dismissed

    03/15/2006 3:11:55 PM PST · by SmithL · 6 replies · 395+ views
    AP ^ | 3/15/6 | BRIAN WESTLEY
    Fairfax, Va. -- A $1.8 million lawsuit accusing a circus boss of a spy campaign against animal-rights groups was rejected by jurors Wednesday. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals had brought the civil lawsuit against Kenneth Feld, the president of Vienna, Va.-based Feld Entertainment, which owns the Ringling Bros. circus and numerous other high-profile entertainment acts, including Disney on Ice. The lawsuit contended Feld and other company executives stole sensitive documents and wiretapped the activities of Norfolk-based PETA and other groups. Feld said after the verdict that PETA's accusation "flies in the face of logic."
  • Circus or Serengeti? (Brits ban wild animals from performing in travelling circuses)

    03/11/2006 3:47:08 AM PST · by Hannah Senesh · 6 replies · 250+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 11/03/2006
    Another strange decision by the Government - righting no obvious wrong and satisfying no popular demand - is the plan to ban wild animals from performing in travelling circuses. We would be all in favour of the ban, to be debated in the Lords on Tuesday, if there were any convincing evidence that lions, zebras and elephants disliked performing in public. We would support it, too, if we believed that circus owners were habitually cruel to their animals. In fact, all the evidence points the other way. Human beings cannot know exactly what goes on in a circus animal's mind...