Tiger Talks" (Terranova Enterprises) animal exhibitor Doug Terranova has a long history of animal welfare violations. Last year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture fined Terranova $25,000 for numerous grave violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act, including for willful failure to safely handle elephants, tigers, and camels. In one incident, an elephant named Kamba used by Terranova escaped from a circus in Oklahoma and ran onto the highway, where she was hit by a vehicle and suffered a fractured bone, a broken tusk, abrasions, and other injuries.
In 2008, the USDA confiscated a tiger cub from Terranova after two other tiger cubs died in his care at the Iowa State Fair and Terranova failed to provide the surviving cub with an appropriate diet. In addition to Kamba's 2009 escape, she and another elephant, Congo, escaped from a circus in Kansas in 2008. They were loose for hours before they were re-captured. This needs to stop!