Petition Closed
Petitioning Ringling Brothers Circus-TD North Boston "Saddest Show on Earth"

Stop TDNorth from supporting the abuse of circus animals for money

Feld Entertainment, the parent company of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, must now pay the largest settlement of its kind in U.S. history―$270,000―for violations of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) dating back to 2007.
Vienna-based Feld Entertainment, which owns the circus and other well-known acts such as Disney on Ice, said it does not admit to violating the law and agreed to the settlement as a cost of doing business to resolve its differences with the USDA.
Presented was testimonial and photographic evidence that baby elephants at Ringling's training compound are torn away from their mothers and subjected to violent training sessions so that they will learn how to perform tricks, as well as video footage from an investigation showing how elephants used by Ringling are whipped, beaten, and yanked by heavy, sharp steel-tipped bullhooks behind the scenes, prior to performing.
Its time for the USDA to take action against Ringling for abusing the animals in its care. In recent meetings, we presented unequivocal evidence of animal abuse, including beatings, the death of a lion, lame elephants forced to perform despite chronic pain, and a baby elephant who died during a training routine. Welfare groups have recently filed a new formal request for action against Ringling, and attorneys have met with the USDA's general counsel and urged her to begin enforcement proceedings.
In addition to receiving the largest civil penalty ever assessed against an exhibitor under the AWA, Ringling must now provide all employees who handle animals with training and hire a staff member dedicated to AWA compliance. We will see how that goes.
This is a great start, but no one should forget that elephants and other animals pay the price every time anyone buys a ticket to the circus. Ask all the parents you know not to take their children to this cruel show.
In November 2011 issue, Pulitzer Prize winner Deborah Nelson uncovered the big top on the circus's potential Animal Welfare Act (AWA) violations: elephants whipped with bullhooks, trapped in train cars filled with their own feces, and chained in place for a good part of their lives. Now, that could change. As part of the USDA's agreement with Feld Entertainment, Ringling Bros.' corporate parent, the company will start yearly AWA compliance trainings beginning March 31, 2012 for all new employees who work with animals. That would be a stark contrast to their past cooperation with the USDA. In Nelson's investigations, Ringling Bros. handlers were shown trying to postpone USDA investigations of their elephant training sites.
Please don’t support Ringling Brothers abuse of animals – don’t buy tickets for the circus at TD North and let TD North know that you don’t support this kind of “entertainment”.
We can do better!


This petition was delivered to:
  • Ringling Brothers Circus-TD North Boston "Saddest Show on Earth"

    Lis Bender started this petition with a single signature, and now has 354 supporters. Start a petition today to change something you care about.

    Today: Lis is counting on you

    Lis Bender needs your help with “Ringling Brothers Circus-TD North Boston "Saddest Show on Earth": Stop TDNorth from supporting the abuse of circus animals for money”. Join Lis and 353 supporters today.