"Carson & Barnes has a long history of public endangerment and beating animals, so instead of a slap on the wrist, the circus should be hit with a large fine and have its license suspended," says PETA Foundation Deputy General Counsel Delcianna Winders. "The best thing residents with children who love animals can do is to stay away from circuses that use animals."
Carson & Barnes' latest citation comes just weeks after the exhibitor allowed three elephants to escape from the area used for children's rides at another Shrine circus. In late 2012, Carson & Barnes paid a penalty for 10 violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act, including a prior elephant escape. The elephants suffer, too--as seen in this undercover video footage in which Carson & Barnes' head trainer viciously beats elephants (http://www.peta.org/videos/carson-barnes-circus-cruelty/) with sharp metal-tipped bullhooks and shocks them with electric prods.
Last summer, an eyewitness gave sworn testimony that while Carson & Barnes was performing with the Kelly Miller Circus in
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