For immediate release:
23 August 2021
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382
Tyler, TX – In light of a new federal inspection report showing that a tiger exhibitor for Jordan World Circus was found keeping big cats in cramped cages in a stuffy, maggot-infested shed – and since the elephants recently used by Jordan World were tough, slow, and lame, likely , due to years of continuous travel and lengthy foot shackles – PETA sent an urgent letter to The Oil Palace owner Bobby Manzil Jr. this morning asking him to ban Jordan World from using animals on their shows from September 4-6.
“Tiger exhibitor Jordan World kept the big cats like luggage in a smelly, maggot-infested shed,” said Rachel Matthews, director of PETA’s Animal Captivity Enforcement Administration. “PETA is urging The Oil Palace to have a heart the size of Texas and to demand an animal-free circus because good people don’t want wild animals to be used as puppets.”
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This is followed by PETA’s letter to Manzil.
23 August 2021
Bobby Manzil Jr.
Dear Mr. Manzil:
I am writing again on behalf of PETA with compelling evidence of neglect associated with the infamous Jordanian World Circus, which plans to exploit big cats and elephants at The Oil Palace next month. We urge you to ban the circus from using animals in its upcoming performances. immediately…
A new federal inspection report showed circus exhibitor Adam Burke has been keeping animals like old equipment in cramped travel boxes since at least the COVID-19 pandemic began. The inspector found the cages in a stuffy, maggot-infested shed where the tigers could not escape the heat and stench. A bony elderly tiger named Shere Khan had not received veterinary care for over a year, and the animals walked around, nervous and agitated.
There are also serious concerns about the well-being of the elephants that Jordan World recently used, including Janice, Cindy, and Betty, who were provided by the Cardin family. These animals age, and constant travel and prolonged exposure to chains takes their toll on their joints. They are often forced to perform and skate, even if they seem stiff, slow, or lame, and coaches use threats and intimidation to control them.
Circuses should be fun for everyone, but they are miserable for tigers forced to jump through hoops and elephants chained to dark, cramped trailers. Now hundreds of places and dozens of communities prohibit or restrict movement using animals. Animal cruelty circuses are closing, while modern circuses amaze audiences only human performers.
Could you make animal welfare and public safety a priority by banning animal action in Jordan World?
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