Elephants never forget but hopefully these Ringling’s former captives are looking forward to a bright future at their new home at White Oak Conservation in Julie, Florida. This touching transition follows the successful revelation of PETA Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, who regularly beat and chained elephants, and behind the harsh revelation revealing chains, abuse, and rampant disease at Ringling Bros. ‘Falsely named Elephant Conservation Center.
Upon arrival at the facility, 12 female captive-born elephants – Angelica, April, Ari (now nicknamed Myrtle), Asha, Bonnie, Juliet, Kelly Ann, Luna, Mabel, Piper, Sarah and Tonka – experienced a natural setting for the first time. They now have the opportunity to explore acres of open grassland, travel through the forest, splash in the mud, bask in the sun, swim in a pond, socialize, and more. PETA breathes a sigh of relief to see these intelligent, emotional animals finally free themselves from the circus.
Elephants are recovering with the help of veterinarians and animal care specialists, but the harm done to them by Ringling Bros. won’t go away overnight. Many, if not all, have a history of arthritis and foot or gait problems caused by the harsh conditions of circus life, including prolonged chaining on hard surfaces, lack of exercise, and being forced to perform difficult stunts. But when they adjust to their new home, things get better for them.
Meet Angelica: 23-year-old angel
Angelica was forced to perform with Ringling until 2015. In 1999, when she was less than two years old, an inspector of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) discovered large injuries on her legs – Ringling forcefully separated Angelica from her mother, which caused pain. burns. Her new home will finally give her the opportunity to build meaningful, lasting relationships with others.
Meet Sarah: Ringling’s Sweet, Sensitive Girl Failed
In 2010, the USDA cited Ringling’s failure to provide Sarah, who has chronic lameness, with adequate veterinary care. Despite the ailment, Ringling’s coaches forced her to perform grueling stunts. In her new home, veterinarians are closely monitoring her well-being.
PETA’s work has paid off, but there is still more to come
PETA is pleased that our work to end Ringling’s abuse has been successful – the animal circus has closed after decades of protests, investigations and PETA campaigns – but circuses everywhere continue to exploit elephants, tigers and other people.
– MAP (@peta) 15 January 2017
Animals do not exist to perform humiliating circus performances for the entertainment of people. It’s time to give all the animals that are forced to perform in circuses the same happy outcome as Angelica, Sarah and the other elephants at White Oak Conservation.
Call on Cardin’s Circus to abandon the animals