Published September 5, 2012 by delia1979

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BACKGROUND

PETA is hot on President Obama’s trail, calling on him, as he travels across the country, to direct the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to start doing its job properly by confiscating elephants used in circuses such as Ringling Bros. who are forced to perform despite lameness, kept in shackles most of their lives, and cruelly trained and mistreated.

In the circus, physical and psychological abuse of animals is an all-day, everyday occurrence. Handlers embed the sharp ends of bullhooks—devices that resemble a fireplace poker with a sharp steel hook at one end—into the soft tissue behind elephants’ ears and knees and under their chins. The USDA has the ability and the responsibility to seize suffering animals, and yet the agency allows them to travel up to 50 weeks a year in cramped and filthy boxcars and trailers, to be kept tightly chained by two legs (and sometimes…

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