Circus coming to Milford pays $15,000 for mistreating animals

The Cole Bros. Circus is coming to Milford; however, it carries with it a history of animal safety issues.

The circus is scheduled to come to town between June 15 and 17. It previously agreed to pay a $15,000 penalty to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to settle charges that stemmed from mistreatment of two elephants, according to a PETA press release.

PETA pointed out that the elephants, Tina and Jewell were hundreds of pounds underweight and weren’t given adequate veterinary care. Cole Bros. Circus settled with the USDA on 10 charges.

Jewell was confiscated in 2009 by the USDA and Tina was removed from the circus, according to the press release

The list of charges brought against Cole Bros. Circus regarding the $15,000 fine:

·         Failure to provide adequate veterinary care to two underweight elephants, including one with a prominent spine and sunken body image
·         Failure to have records for vet exams and tuberculosis tests
·         Failure to handle an elephant in a way that minimizes the risk of harm to the public and the elephant
·         Failure to employ personnel capable of caring for elephants
·         Failure to house elephants at a facility that could provide for their needs
·         Failure to follow recommendations of an elephant specialist
·         Failure to store medications properly
·         Transporting elephants to another person who was not equipped to care for them against the recommendation of an elephant specialist
·         Inadequate enclosures
·         Handlers who lacked training and knowledge and weren't regularly on site   

·         Employing a handler who lacked training, knowledge, and experience
·         Selling tigers without a dealer license

(Source: PETA press release)


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