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Petitioning Agriculture Secretary Thomas J. Vilsack

Tell the USDA to Rescue Circus Elephants

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has a long history of abusing animals, especially elephants. At least 26 of the circus’s elephants, including four babies, have died since 1996. The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture has repeatedly cited the circus for violations of the Animal Welfare Act, including failing to treat elephants for tuberculosis. As one newspaper editor recently wrote, "Performing elephants should have long since gone the way of the circus freak show ... It’s something future generations will look back on in embarrassment."

Help put an end to this ongoing abuse. Tell the USDA's Tom Vilsack to take action and remove elephants from the Ringling Bros. circus.

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    Thomas J. Vilsack

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