29 Nov '11, 2am

Ringling Bros. Fined For Animal-Welfare Violations

Ringling Bros. Fined For Animal-Welfare Violations

For well over a century, the Ringling Bros. travelling circus has raked in a big top's worth of profit showcasing a variety of exotic animal billed as 'performers' -- though in light of new revelations as to how they're treated, 'indentured servants' might be a more apt title. Following a slew of rather disturbing animal-welfare violations, the greatest show on Earth has agreed to settle a USDA dispute by paying $270 thousand and promising to improve conditions for animals -- like by not making their elephants perform while sick, or feeding their big cats meat tainted with feces. According to a report from the AP , the USDA issued their largest civil penalty on Feld Entertainment, which owns the circus, stemming from violations of the Animal Welfare Act. An inspection report from August alleged that a 35-year-old female Asian elephant, Banko, was forced to perform at a sho...

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