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CNN: Judge hears case alleging circus elephant abuse

Published 02/04/09


Ringling Trial Begins

Published 02/04/09

A federal judge began hearing a lawsuit alleging the abuse of circus elephants, including the use of heavy chains, tethers and sharp tools called bullhooks.

Learn more about the trial at www.bornfreeusa.org/ringling.

Judge hears case alleging circus elephant abuse
Paul Courson
CNN

The Huffington Post: Reckoning at Ringling Bros.

Published 02/04/09

We Are There as the Elephants Get Their Day in Court

Published 02/03/09

Ringling Trial Updates Our suit against Ringling for mistreatment of its elephants is finally underway in Washington, DC, before U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan. Our own Nicole G. Paquette, Esq., Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Born Free USA united with API, is a witness at the trial. Visit the trial press page to get the latest on this historical trial now.

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Contra Costa Times: Ringling Brothers Circus on trial for elephant abuse

Published 02/03/09


Sacramento group among plaintiffs in groundbreaking case

Published 02/03/09

Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus and its parent company, Feld Entertainment, Inc., will finally stand trial to face charges that the circus mistreats its Asian elephants in violation of the federal Endangered Species Act. The case is more than eight years in the making.

On Wednesday (Feb. 4), the plaintiffs, including Sacramento-based non-profit Born Free USA united with Animal Protection Institute (Born Free), the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Animal Welfare Institute, the Fund for Animals, and former Ringling Bros. employee Tom Rider are scheduled to present their case in federal district court in Washington, D.C. Katherine Meyer of the public interest law firm Meyer Glitzenstein & Crystal will serve as lead counsel for the plaintiffs.

Ringling Brothers Circus on trial for elephant abuse
Gary Bogue
"Pets and Wildlife"
Bay Area News Group

New York Times: Suit Challenges Image of Circus Elephants as Willing Performers

Published 02/02/09


Lawsuit Challenges Iconic Image of Circus Elephants

Published 02/02/09

One of the most iconic images of American life, that of circus elephants joined trunk-to-tail as they lumber along to delight “children of all ages,” as the old saying goes, is about to be debated in a courtroom. Are the beasts docile because they are highly intelligent and respond well to training, reinforced with the promise of apples, carrots, water and kindness at day’s end? Or do they obey because their spirits have been broken and they fear getting hit by their trainers? These are among the questions that will be asked when a lawsuit by a coalition of animal rights’ groups [including Born Free USA united with API] against the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus and its parent company opens in federal court on Wednesday.

Suit Challenges Image of Circus Elephants as Willing Performers
David Stout
The New York Times

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