PLEASE cancel Loomis Circus Event November 22, 2014
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PLEASE TELL MIXON FARMS THAT LOOMIS CIRCUS/FRANZEN BROS (ANIMAL ABUSERS AND CONVICTED FELONS) ARE NOT WELCOME IN FLORIDA ENTERTAINING AND “EDUCATING” OUR CHILDREN. More importantly, do you want to take the chance of history repeating itself? Were you aware that one of the circus tigers MAULED TO DEATH (IN FRONT OF A PACKED AUDIENCE OF SCREAMING CHILDREN) the then circus owner/operator Wayne Franzen? Brian Franzen, Wayne’s son was unsuccessful at helping his father while beating the tiger repetitively over the head with a metal pipe. There is no mystery of why this happened. Let’s be real. Tigers don’t want to perform circus tricks. They only do this out of fear and intimidation. If you love animals, do not go to the circus. Teach your children compassion, not cruelty. There is nothing educational about the circus and the only reason you should ever attend with your children, is to teach them why it is WRONG to dominate and control a wild animal.
Mixon Farms described themselves as a family oriented “Mom and Pop” business that “puts a lot of love into what they do.” The Mixon Farm Family fruit stand started in 1939. The Mixon’s grew into more than just a fruit stand & while they grew and expanded into a larger business clearly they are still stuck in 1939 if they think that circus’s with animals are entertainment. This is 2014 and this type of cruel “family fun” is SIMPLY OUTDATED AND NOT ACCEPTABLE. Perhaps when they booked the event, they did not do their research on Loomis Circus/Franzen Bros. I know several of us have contacted them to educate them so now they can never say they “didn’t know” they can only admit that they didn’t care and that the money they received for the event was more important than the welfare of the animals that are in the care of Brian Franzen who is a CONVICTED FELON. Here is a little background on the Franzen Brothers Circus (who now works under Loomis Circus) and a list of USDA Violations.
Franzen Bros. 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 Franzen Bros. Circus for failing to provide veterinary care, failing to meet animals’ nutritional requirements, failing to provide sanitary conditions, and repeatedly failing to maintain transport trailers. A tiger attacked and killed Wayne Franzen during a performance. Brian Franzen was CONVICTED of cruelty to animals when several emaciated ponies were confiscated from a filthy trailer. Franzen Bros. Circus has leased animal acts to other circuses, including Shrine circuses, Sterling & Reid Circus, Piccadilly Circus, and Royal Hanneford Circus.
May 23, 2013: The USDA cited Franzen Bros. for failing to provide seven tigers with adequate shelter. Tigers were held in traveling pens outside the travel truck. It was raining and in the upper 50s during the inspection. The floor of the pens was wet, and the tigers didn’t have a dry space to lie on. Franzen was also cited for not providing the tigers with sufficient space to make normal postural movements. The inspector noted that an exercise pen was available but that it hadn’t been set up or used since Franzen had arrived at that site three days earlier.
November 27, 2012: The USDA cited Franzen Bros. for not properly maintaining a tiger enclosure that had rust at the bottom. A few vertical rods were also detached and corroded at the bottom.
October 2, 2012: The USDA issued an official warning for violations of federal regulations to Franzen Bros. for the citations that it was issued on August 8—the beating of elephant Kosti and having an insufficient number of adequately trained employees—while traveling with Piccadilly Circus. (See August 8, 2012.)
August 8, 2012: The USDA cited Franzen Bros., which was traveling with Piccadilly Circus as the elephant exhibitor, for striking elephant Kosti forcefully with a bullhook at least five times about the eyes and
ears to “teach” her not to take another elephant’s hay. (See August 7, 2012.) Franzen was also cited for not providing the elephants with a sufficient amount of water and for not having a sufficient number of qualified elephant handlers.
August 7, 2012: According to a letter that Animal Care & Control in Fort Wayne, Indiana, addressed to Brian Franzen and Piccadilly Circus, a witness observed that elephant Kosti was repeatedly beaten with a baton. This incident was confirmed during interviews when Franzen, the circus manager, and the elephant handler all admitted that it took place. During an interview, Franzen stated that Kosti was having “attitude,” had put a hole in the trailer, and was chained in a “time out” after she stole food from another elephant. According to animal control’s letter, the elephant handler was unable to control Kosti, so he struck her with a bullhook on her face and trunk. According to the witness, the beating took place after Kosti lunged at the handler. Fort Wayne issued an official notice that Kosti would not be allowed to perform or come into contact with the public while in the city.
January 25, 2012: The USDA cited Franzen Bros. for unsafe primary transport enclosures—the roof of the enclosure had a piece of hanging metal that could injure an elephant.
June 30, 2011: The USDA cited Franzen Bros. for failing to allow inspectors to access and inspect records and property. The itinerary stated that the circus would be in Peru, Indiana, but when an inspector arrived, he learned that Franzen Bros. had left at least a week before.
February 18, 2011: The USDA cited Franzen Bros. for inadequate housing. Three tigers were kept in an enclosure that had fiberglass flooring without a suitable method to eliminate excess water quickly. The wet surface could cause cats to slip and slide. The inspector also noted that the water contained feces.
January 11, 2010: The USDA cited Franzen Bros. for failing to provide records regarding the euthanasia of a tiger named Nona and for storing potentially toxic materials adjacent to thawing meat.
November 19, 2009: The USDA cited Franzen Bros. for failing to provide a travel itinerary for the entire year as well as failing to be available to allow the USDA to conduct an animal welfare inspection.
December 9, 2008: The USDA cited Franzen Bros. for failing to maintain a tiger cage in good repair. The cage had splintered plywood flooring that posed a risk of injury to the animals and that could not be properly cleaned.
January 4, 2006: The USDA cited Franzen Bros. for failing to provide veterinary care to an elephant who had overgrown soles and for failing to provide documentation of compliance with the program of veterinary care.
January 8, 2003: The USDA cited Franzen Bros. for failing to maintain structures in good repair in order to protect the animals from injury.
February 4, 2002: The USDA cited Franzen Bros. for failing to allow inspectors to access and inspect records and animals—no circus official was available. The inspector also noted that the last itinerary supplied ended December 2, 2001.
August 1, 2001: The USDA cited Franzen Bros. for failing to provide two tigers with minimum space. The cages were too small to allow them to make normal postural and social adjustments with adequate freedom of movement.
May 9, 2001: A USDA inspector noted that tuberculosis test results for trunk-wash cultures from elephants had not been received for the 2001 season.
October 5, 2000: The USDA cited Franzen Bros. for failing to maintain a transport trailer.
February 22, 1999: The USDA cited Franzen Bros. for failing to maintain transport trailers, including one that was used for lions and tigers and that had been severely damaged after being hit by a truck.
January 25, 1999: The USDA cited Franzen Bros. for failing to maintain transport trailers in a manner that protects the elephants from injury.
October 16, 1998: According to The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, California), “In a plea bargain agreement, [Brian] Franzen, 23, was ordered to pay $1,287 in restitution and was placed on probation for three years … after pleading guilty to two counts of keeping his animals in filthy trailers. He also agreed to allow any law enforcement officer to inspect his animals without a warrant. … [On April 3] officials from the Humane Society of San Bernardino Valley claimed the ponies were severely dehydrated, malnourished and living in filth. One animal subsequently died.”
October 3, 1998: The USDA cited Franzen Bros. for failing to provide adequate veterinary care. The inspector noted that the toenails on the Asian elephant were overgrown and misshapen, with chips and cracks.
April 28, 1998: The USDA cited Franzen Bros. for a second time for failing to have a veterinary-care program, meet the nutritional requirements of exotic
cats, and properly maintain a transport trailer for an elephant.
April 17, 1998: The USDA cited Franzen Bros. for failing to have a veterinary-care program, meet the nutritional requirements of exotic cats, and properly maintain a transport trailer for an elephant.
April 3, 1998: The USDA cited Franzen Bros. for inadequate cleaning of trailers and cages, failing to submit the required itinerary, inadequate exercise and space, and poorly maintained transport trailers. The trailer that was being used to transport the lions and tigers was placed “out of service” and towed by authorities when it was found to be without trailer brakes. Brian Franzen was charged with cruelty to animals by the San Bernardino Humane Society in California after humane investigators found several emaciated ponies in a filthy trailer while Franzen was touring with Sterling & Reid Circus.
May 8, 1997: The USDA cited Franzen Bros. for failing to have a veterinary-care program, maintain transport trailers, and keep records of acquisition and disposition.
May 7, 1997: Wayne Franzen, the founder and owner of Franzen Bros. Circus, was killed by one of the tigers he was exhibiting in front of 200 schoolchildren and their families in Carrolltown, Pennsylvania.
November 19, 1996: The USDA cited Franzen Bros. for failing to maintain transport trailers and for unsanitary conditions in the tiger enclosures.
September 30, 1996: The USDA cited Franzen Bros. for failing to allow inspectors to access and inspect records and property—no circus official was available.
September 20, 1996: The USDA cited Franzen Bros. for failing to allow inspectors to access and inspect records and property—no circus official was available.
December 30, 1994: The USDA cited Franzen Bros. for failing to keep records of veterinary care, for unsanitary cages (with feces, food waste, and hair buildup), and for using unsafe enclosures for animals.
February 17, 1994: The USDA cited Franzen Bros. for unsanitary cages and unsafe enclosures for animals.
February 1993: The USDA cited Franzen Bros. for cages that were in need of repair, meat thawing for lions and tigers that was exposed to many flies on and around it, and having no record of veterinary care.
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