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Oct 16, 2007
Originally From:Maria Daines

Dear all, just received this and you bet I'll be signing the petition -

From Vesna Jones -

Dear friends, this is very cruel and sad. An "artist" from Costa Rica, named Guillermo Habacuc Vargas, put a starved dog as a work of art, the poor dog died there, he did not want anyone give him food or water. This monster asked some children to chase the dog and he paid them for their dirty work to give him the dog.

In that event, (in which the dog died) he was chosen to represent his country in the "Bienal Centroamericana Honduras 2008", the petition site is to sign to boycott him , so he won't can participate in the event:

Thank you: Hazel & Mary Alice


Gallery Website

Email Address:

Centro Nacional de la Cultura
Antigua Fábrica Nacional de Licores.
Avenida 3, calle 15/17. San José, Costa Rica.
Teléfono: (506) 257 7202 / 257 9370
Fax: (506) 257 8702

Sample Letter to Send the Gallery
I am writing regarding the horrifying actions of Guillermo Habacuc Vargas,who paid local children to catch a dog on the street and then confined,starved and publicly displayed the dog as an "art" exhibit until the innocent animal died of starvation.

I along with many people world wide am outraged that Guillermo habacuc Vargas has been selected to represent Costa Rica in "Bienal Centroamericana Honduras 2008",This man is by no definition of the word an artist he is a criminally insane sadist and enjoys inflicting prolonged suffering upon his innocent victims.he is a danger to all of society as it is well documented that those with the capacity to intentionally cause harm to an animal have the same capacity to harm humans.

To state that this animal would have died eventually of natural causes is unjustifiable and beyond logical,rational thinking.

To allow Guillermo habacuc Vargas to represent Costa Rica in Bienal Centroamericana Honduras 2008 will in no way benefit Costa Rica,the world is watching and the actions of this so called artist has brought much negative assumptions as to the humanity of the people of Costa Rica and the fact that the many witnesses of this animals suffering did nothing and that the organizers of this event allowed this rather than taking action to see that Guillermo Vargas be criminally charged with animal abuse is sending the world a message that Costa Rica consists of a cruel,uncivilized society that has no regard for life but enjoys viewing and contributing to the loss of life.

Each and every person who knew of and witnessed the suffering of this innocent dog is equally as guilty of causing it's uncalled for death.
And to let this crime go unpunished and instead be awarded by Guillermo Vargas representing Costa Rica in Bienal Centroamericana Honduras 2008 is unacceptable and shameful not only to Costa Rica but to all participants of this event.

I urge you,do not condone the heinous actions of Guillermo Vargas by allowing him to participation in Bienal Centroamericana Honduras 2008.He should be jailed and prosecuted to the fullest extent of law for this animals death,not representing Costa Rica as an artist for he is not an artist and to refer to him as such is an insult to all true artists.

Your Name

this is the email addy to a gallery which currently holds some of vargas' work for display and for sale if anyone would like to ask the gallery to drop him from their list of artists their email address is below.


What he says on his blog (translated) Located Here
According to I knew the dog died on the following day by lack of food. During the inauguration I knew that the dog was persecuted in the evening between the houses of aluminum and cardboard of a district of Managua with santo name who Habacuc that could not need at the moment. 5 children of whom they helped in the capture received 10 bonds of córdobas by their collaboration. During the exhibition some people requested the freedom of the small dog, to which he artist rehuso. The name of the dog was (it was) Natividad, and I let myself to him die of at sight hunger of all, as if the death of a poor dog was a shameless mediatic show in which nobody does nothing else that to applaud or to watch disturbed. Definitively we are what leimos: pure croquetas. In the place that the dog was exposed single it has left a metal cable and a cord. The dog was extremely ill, renqueaba and it did not want to eat anyway, so in natural surroundings it had died anyway; but thus they are all the poor dogs: sooner or later they die or they die them.

More Horrific Images Here

Guillermo Habacuc Vargas

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Posted: Oct 16, 2007 5:16pm
Oct 13, 2007
I took a trip to Cades Cove in The Great Smoky Mountains here in Tn this week.....we counted nearly 50 deer in less than 2 hours! What beautiful creatures,they went along with their day,no fear,no sound of shotguns,no bows,no camouflage humans cowardly sitting in trees waiting to kill them. What a shame they ALL cannot live peacefully in this world with NO threat of being a part of a "sport" they know NOTHING about!!!

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Posted: Oct 13, 2007 10:31am
Sep 24, 2007
Blitz the USDA to confiscate abused Elephants Tina and Jewel ASAPadd to favorites 

and please cross post, ask your friends to sign, take this to myspace and other sites. PLEASE these girls have suffered for so long.

to visit the elephant sanctuary go to

Get Tina and Jewel Out of the Circus
Urge USDA to send suffering elephants to a sanctuary now

Tina and Jewel are Asian elephants in their early forties who have endured lives of hardship and abuse traveling with the Cole Brothers Circus. They were ordered off the road by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) earlier this year, following many months of being observed to be looking gaunt, sick and broken. They are now enduring conditions that will only damage what remains of their fragile health. Please help us get these elephants sanctuary.

USDA inspection reports on both Tina and Jewel document the abusive and negligent treatment to which these elephants have been subjected over the past decade and a half. They have been beaten with bullhooks and other objects like a baseball bat and PVC pipe, and had their medical needs ignored, resulting in severe weight loss, among other problems. The circus did not even perform legally-required testing for tuberculosis, endangering both the health of the elephants and the people who are in contact with them.

Life under these abusive conditions has taken its toll on Tina and Jewel. During the summer and fall of 2006, while traveling with Cole Brothers Circus, both elephants appeared unhealthy and dramatically thinner than usual. In spring 2007, they reappeared in the L.E. Barnes and Bailey Circus looking even worse.

In March 2007, the USDA ordered that Jewel be taken off the road, noting that she had lost an appalling 2,000 pounds. A veterinary expert confirmed that both elephants had suffered "alarming weight loss" and advised taking both elephants off the road immediately for urgent veterinary care.

Following this order, Jewel and Tina disappeared from public view. After months of searching, IDA located them on July 25th in rural Texas at an unapproved facility owned by the Davenports, another family with a history of horrible animal abuse who have been leasing Tina and Jewel from Cole since January 2006.

When IDA located the elephants, they had already spent several months confined to a tiny outdoor yard enclosed by electrical hotwire, surrounded by circus refuse and other garbage, or locked inside a dilapidated tin barn. There was no shade outside and no ventilation inside, and no water to drink or cool off with in the Texas summer. IDA has since learned that a window has been cut into the barn for ventilation and that Tina and Jewel have been given access to a slightly larger outdoor enclosure. Still, the conditions remain grim and woefully inadequate for these two ailing elephants.

Four of five other elephants that have been "retired" from the Cole Bros. Circus have died, most within weeks of being taken off the road. IDA is gravely concerned that Jewel and Tina will meet the same fate if they are left at the mercy of an industry with a long history of abusing elephants and violating federal animal welfare laws. Both elephants have lost significant amounts of weight, but whatever condition is causing this remains undiagnosed, and untreated. Tina and Jewel's survival is at stake, and they desperately need our help now!

What You Can Do

1) Please "Take Action" to urge your federal representative to ask the USDA to intervene on Tina and Jewel's behalf. You can also contact your elected officials by phone and postal mail.

2) Please "Take Action" to demand that the USDA immediately confiscate these two elephants and send them to The Elephant Sanctuary (TE in Tennessee, a USDA-approved quarantine facility for elephants that has a proven track record of rehabilitating elephants who have become debilitated from years of life in the circus or zoo. To have the most impact, edit the sample letter to express your personal point of view and print it out as a letter to mail.

The Honorable Mike Johanns
Secretary of Agriculture
U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Ave., S.W.
Washington, DC 20250

Tel: (202) 720-3631

3) Learn more about what Tina and Jewel have suffered at the hands of the circus industry.

Please call Jim Rogers and beg and plead with him to confiscate Tina and Jewel under the provisions of the Federal Animal Welfare Act
(use points from USDA's own inspection findings below - shocking conditions the USDA found these elephants in. They are old, its time to retire them.


CC: your emails to:

2150 Centre Ave.
Building B, Mailstop 3W11
Fort Collins, CO 80526-8117

Phone: (970) 494-7478

Tina and Jewel in TX where they are warehoused in a tiny yard:

May 6, 2004: Clyde Beatty Cole Bros. Circus announces that they have changed their name to the New Cole Brothers Circus and will discontinue using elephants in their shows. However, they state that they will continue to rent out their two remaining elephants, Tina and Jewel, for television commercials and other performances, including Republican Party events.

In fact, Tina and Jewel and their trainer were almost immediately sent on tour with the Walker Brothers Circus. Just over a month prior, Walker Brothers’ owner John Caudill, Jr. and elephant trainer John Caudill III pled guilty in a federal administrative court to 18 violations of the minimal standards of care in the federal AWA. The Caudills were ordered to pay a $25,000 fine, and their circus exhibitor’s license was suspended for five years. The USDA had charged Walker Bros. and its employees with causing physical harm and discomfort; failing to provide veterinary care to an emaciated elephant, an elephant suffering from severe chemical burns and a bacterial infection, and several elephants with potentially deadly foot problems; unsafe public contact; and operating without a USDA exhibitor’s license.

June 23, 2004: The USDA cites Cole (in an inspection of its animals on tour with Walker Brothers Circus) for failing to handle animals “in a manner that does not cause trauma, overheating, excessive cooling, behavioral stress, physical harm, or unnecessary discomfort” and for violating the regulation which states that “Physical abuse shall not be used to train, work or otherwise handle animals.” The Massachusetts Environmental Police had received a report that three witnesses had observed a circus employee hitting an elephant about the head and face. The elephant gave a grunt and then a high pitched sound. The USDA sent three inspector-veterinarians to investigate this complaint. An elephant handler, questioned by USDA officials, admitted that he had hit Jewel several times with a piece of 1” plastic pipe. “He said that he did not hit the elephant hard enough to hurt it because the plastic/PVC pipe did not break.” The inspectors noted an area of abnormal looking skin over the bony areas of Jewel’s forehead and an area of red tissue over her left eye.

Cole is also cited for failing to employ an attending veterinarian, for not having a signed Program of Veterinary Care, for not adequately describing its method of euthanasia, and for the absence of TB tests on two new employees who worked around the elephants.

In addition, Cole is also criticized for not promptly notifying the regional USDA office of its name change. According to the USDA report, Cole is now known as the American Circus.

July 30, 2004: Gigi’s Exotics pays an $1,100 fine in a settlement agreement with the USDA for violations of the AWA in 2002, 2003, and 2004, at least some of which are related to the care of an elephant named Boo. Violations include “failure to provide adequate veterinary care, failure to maintain proper records on animals… failure to handle animals in a manner that does not cause trauma, overheating, excessive cooling, behavior stress, physical harm or unnecessary discomfort… failure to provide appropriate methods to prevent, control, diagnose and treat diseases and injuries for the elephant named Boo (and) failure to maintain transport enclosure free from any protrusions that could be injurious to the animals.”

March 2005: The USDA inspects Carson and Barnes Circus’ winter quarters in Hugo, Okla., where Boo was being kept for the winter. The report stated: “No one from Gigi’s Exotics present.”

April 1, 2005: Springfield (Ill.) Journal-Register reports on consumer complaints against Bailey Brothers Circus, which also has appeared as Great Circus of China, in Alaska and Illinois. Paperwork in Alaska was filed for Bailey Brothers Circus under the name “Juan Davenport,” and in Illinois, paperwork for Great Circus of China was filed under the name “Charles Davenport.” Both circuses included the Davenport elephant Queenie in their act.

August 27, 2005: Tina and Jewel, still owned by Cole (American) tour the country with Florida-based Wambold’s Circus Menagerie. While in Mt. Pleasant Township, Pa. and made available for petting and feeding by the public, Jewel grabbed a woman’s wrist and sprained it badly.

January 13, 2006: The USDA cites Gigi’s Exotics for AWA violation related to the structural soundness of a trailer used to transport Boo and a horse (in separate compartments).

January 17, 2006: Gigi’s Exotics signs a five-year lease for Tina and Jewel, stating, “We plan to incorporate the elephants into our breeding program, performance and rides. Gigi’s Exotics accepts responsibility for the health, welfare and mortality of said elephants.”

January 27, 2006: Texas Attorney General files consumer fraud/deceptive business practices charges against Juan Davenport, Bailey Brothers Circus, and several other defendants who “collectively operate a circus show under the names of “Kings Royal Circus,” “The Great Circus of China,” “Bailey/ Wallace and Bros. Circus, Inc.,” “Barnes and Bailey Bros. Circus, Inc.,” “Bailey Bros. Circus,” “Barnes & Bailey Circus,” and “Barnes and Bailey Bros. Circus.”

February 2006: Gigi’s Exotics (a.k.a. American All-Star Circus) is investigated for consumer fraud and AWA violations, according to a memo from Sgt. Keith Bond of Jackson County, Miss.

February 22, 2006: Gigi’s Exotics is on the road with Boo, Tina, Jewel, and two camels.

Summer 2006: Tina and Jewel travel with Cole Brothers Circus, accompanied by trainer Will Jacobs Davenport. During this time, this review appears on the blog of circus fan Crash Moreau:

COLE BROTHERS CIRCUS W. Hartford, N.Y. June 11
“This is a nice looking show with a large red and yellow tent and painted trucks. This year the show had a much better line up of acts compared to the past few years. This year at selected performances the elephants has (sic) returned now owned by Gopher Davenport and handled by his son. The only thing I can say is young Davenport needs to put away the bull-hook on these two elephants as Adam Hill never used the hook on these two in previous years. All the animal rights people need is to see how he is handling these two elephants, Tina and Jewel and there will be a lot more flax (sic) about not having animals in circuses.”

October 24, 2006: The USDA inspects Gigi’s Exotics and cites them for inadequate veterinary care: “I observed two Asian elephants, Tina (40 yrs.) and Jewell (42 yrs.). Jewel appears to be underweight. The muscling along both sides of her spine appears sunken or hollowed out. Her spine is very prominent. The handler states that he has “not noted any weight loss and that she had an injury several years ago. In addition, there appears to be very little muscling over the eyes. Although the handler stated that this is her ’normal‘ conformation there are no records other than the health certificate and TB results available for me to review documenting her past or current health status.”

Winter 2007: Tina and Jewel travel with the L.E. Barnes and Bailey Circus; their names are given to the public and the media as Margaret and Lilley. L.E. Barnes and Bailey circus performs 640 shows per year.

February 16, 2007: The USDA inspects Gigi’s Exotics at Heritage Park in Watkinsville, Ga. in conjunction with L.E. Barnes and Bailey Circus. Tina, Jewel, and Boo are present.

The inspectors note numerous violations, including:

  • Inadequate veterinary care – According to the report, Jewell is “noticeably thin.” Comparison of photographs taken by the USDA between October 2006 and February 2007 indicated that she was “chronically thin.” Although handler was instructed in November 2006 by the USDA to weigh Jewel, no weight is available until February 2007. “The animal’s weight most be monitored at least monthly to assess her progress”
  • TB records outdated– The most recent trunk wash results are dated November 29, 2005. “Because TB can be a cause of chronic weight loss, it is imperative that the elephants are tested in timely manner.”
  • Failure to handle animals properly to insure minimal risk of harm to animals and people – Boo is placed in a corral and the public is allowed to walk up to the edge and toss in carrots. Small children are noted in the open area of the corral while the handler is distracted.

March 2, 2007: Gigi’s Exotics objects to the February 16 USDA inspection report. In a letter, Gigi’s Exotics claims that Jewel was examined and tested by Dr. Ted Eudy (flown in from Oklahoma). The circus claims health reports, including trunk wash results, were given to the USDA, and cites an inspection from November 2006 that found no non-compliance.

March 14, 2007: The USDA upholds findings of the February 16 inspection, noting the trunk wash samples for TB testing were unacceptable and that the only TB test results are from 2005. The USDA’s letter also stated, “considering Jewel’s unthrifty condition and chronic weight loss, the failure to obtain a weight in a timely manner jeopardized her health and indicated a clear failure to provide adequate veterinary care and monitoring of her condition.

March 17, 2007: The USDA inspection notes Gigi’s Exotics continued violation for inadequate veterinary care. Jewel remains “noticeably thin.” Her weight was taken only twice (she weighed between 6,600 and 6,800 pounds). The weight loss remains undiagnosed. Current TB trunk wash results are still unavailable. “Travel restrictions and prohibiting public contact with these elephants is necessary to ensure the health of both the elephants and the public by minimizing the potential spread of tuberculosis. In the absence of a clear diagnosis of Jewel’s weight loss, and the potential for tuberculosis or some other unknown disease being present, it would be inappropriate for her to travel.

March 30, 2007: Gigi’s Exotics receives a damning USDA inspection in Pueblo, Colo. Numerous violations are noted, including inadequate veterinary care (e.g., no program for appropriate skin and foot care); inadequate training of elephant handler; failure to handle elephant in manner that does not cause excessive trauma, stress, physical harm, and unnecessary discomfort; inadequate record keeping; and failure to maintain appropriate primary enclosures for transport. The elephant described in this report is not identified.

The USDA finds an elephant with “excessive dead skin over most of her body and doesn’t show evidence of proper bathing for quite some time. She has urine staining and what appears to be urine scalds on her back legs. The pads on this elephant had excessive growth and there were numerous flaps of skin that had trapped debris in them. The cuticles were also excessively long.”

The elephant also has “multiple wounds draining yellowish exudates inside the left ear” that handlers had not reported. Wounds would be “consistent with the improper use of an ankus in the ear.

The handler is found to be “not properly trained or experienced.” He was trained in November/December 2006 by a handler who had “worked with horses a little but had no animal handling, husbandry experience or training. Back-up handler had no elephant experience. Previously did construction work. He feeds, waters, handles the elephants and is the loader for rides.”

The handler “had trouble getting [the elephant] to consistently do basic things like pick her feet up for exam. He had to prod her excessively with the ankus (bullhook) to get the desired behavior and sometimes could not get the behavior completed. The handler was not able to demonstrate adequate control of elephant.

The USDA also documents physical abuse. “The handler had to continuously rely on excessive and inappropriate use of the ankus to get the elephant to perform the behaviors he was asking for during the rides and performances. . . during the rides and performances, the handler was observed repeatedly jabbing and hitting the elephant with the ankus. Several times during the elephant ride, the handler used the ankus to hit the elephant and she reacted by throwing her head and changing her gait demonstrating irritation at the action of the handler. . . This is inappropriate and abusive use of the ankus and such use is likely to cause trauma, behavioral stress, physical harm or unnecessary discomfort . . . This type of inappropriate use can cause the elephants to become more aggressive.

The USDA also reports reported public endangerment through abusive bullhook use, lack of control over elephant, and allowing children to sit on the floor in front of an elephant who was confined behind an inadequate barrier with a handler who was distracted. At one point, a child was actually let into the elephant’s enclosure to retrieve a balloon. No handler was present at that time.

Other transgressions included: No one on staff being able tell the USDA inspector where the licensee (Gigi Davenport) was at time of inspection; no health records were on hand; immobilization drugs for emergency restraint of elephants were labeled for “yellow cats,” and handler had no idea how to use the dart gun to administer the drugs.

April 10, 2007: USDA inspects Gigi’s Exotics at New Bern, N.C. and again cites the operation for inadequate veterinary care. Jewel is still thin, weighing 220 lbs. less on April 8 than when her last weight was taken on March 11. “TB cultures were taken and were negative. Jewel is not gaining weight despite an apparently adequate diet. The cause of her being underweight is still undiagnosed. She was last seen by the attending vet at the end of Jan. 2007. Because of the stress of traveling, a second opinion from another veterinarian who specialized in elephants is needed at this time. . .”

April 12, 2007: -- USDA orders Jewel off the road, warning, “continued travel by Jewel for exhibition, including travel with the circus, even if not performing, would constitute a violation of Sec. 2.40 until such time as her condition has been adequately evaluated and/or there is measurable improvement in her weight and overall health. Travel to a facility appropriate for long-term holding, or to a facility suited to evaluation and diagnosis of her health issues would be appropriate.

April 16, 2007: USDA inspects Gigi’s Exotics at New Ulm, Minn. One elephant (Boo) and two camels are present. The circus is cited again for failure to handle animals in a manner that would minimize potential harm to animals and the public. No elephant handler “with appropriate training and experience traveling with this group. . . Safe public exhibition and handling cannot take place without a knowledgeable individual or individuals present.”

May 15, 2007: USDA again cites Gigi’s for inadequate veterinary care, and reports findings of specialist in elephant health called in by Cole Brothers to examine Tina and Jewel in Greenville, N.C. on April 23, 2007. “The expert determined that both elephants showed an alarming amount of weight loss and that Jewel was not fit to continue traveling with the circus. The expert felt that both elephants should be kept together and should be moved to the winter quarters for Cole Brothers in Deland, Fla. where they could be closely monitored and have access to veterinarians experienced in elephant health. Expert recommended switch in diet to gain weight and advised that feeding amounts provided and eaten should be recorded.”

In early May the elephants were moved to Leggett, Texas instead of Florida – “Not an approved site location,” according to the USDA. Inspection of the Leggett site reveals that no daily logs of feed are being maintained. The health of the elephants is further jeopardized because the facility does not meet minimum standards for long-term housing due to its incompletion of the primary enclosure and shelter. Animals must be housed in a trailer during inclement weather. Moving to Texas instead of Florida “added additional stress due to the longer transit time.” Weights taken on May 14: Jewel 6,880 lbs. and Tina 7,620 lbs.. These are slight weight gains, but it is too early to tell if they are significant. Management states that the attending veterinarian had visited, but no records were available to document this claim. Immobilization drugs are stored in a lock box filled with water from a leak. The USDA states that “At this time there is no valid home site for this license.

June 5, 2007: USDA again cites Gigi’s for inadequate veterinary care and facilities violations. “The lack of a permanent long term housing facility that provides adequate shelter and enclosures jeopardizes the health of the animals and hinders their ability to gain weight. Lack of sufficient ventilation in the barn housing the elephants can contribute to heat related stress that would also adversely affect their health.”

Elephants are restrained through hotwires and chaining. Facility lacks “adequate permanent enclosures for elephants.” It also lacks adequate shade, and the barn lacks sufficient ventilation.

Gigi’s Exotics is given until July 5, 2007 to correct the violations.

July 17, 2007: Gigi Davenport sends email to circus list entitled, “My Wonderfull (sic) Son "Will" which reads: “He is an amazing person, his love for these animals is nothing less than a gift from God. He has suffered from people making ugly judgments to his qualifications. Being born and raised in the circus and around animals all his life. Common sense, book smart and animal sense, he has it all. God Bless him. He is an amazing young man and hasn't done anything wrong. I pray everyday that God will let the USDA see the truth and tell us (what it is) and take that ugly cloud off my son's head and just let him do what comes so very natural to him, taking care and loving these incredible animals.”

July 25, 2007: IDA obtains photographic evidence of elephants living in squalid conditions at the Davenport facility in Leggett, Tex. There is no indication that the violations cited by USDA have been corrected, despite the fact that the corrections deadline has passed 20 days before. The eyewitness report provided to IDA states,

“We located Jewel and Tina at a circus approved 'holding area'...and they were far worse than we'd anticipated. . . Tina and Jewel are living every day on a concrete slab surrounded by building debris and half-burned garbage. Their hard slab-estimated at a mere 12' x 24' is surrounded by electrified wire—and they know this, evident by their fear of standing anywhere close to the perimeter. The cramped girls seemed to huddle together as not to accidentally hit the hot-wire, staying at least 3' from the shock. . . Their condition? Emaciated. The photographic images reveal Tina and Jewel's sunken faces and sad eyes. Facts:

  • Both elephants were underweight.
  • There was no access to water.
  • There was no evidence of other food-types such as fresh browse or produce, only a bit of hay.
  • Their 'walking'/living area is approximately 12' X 24' which upon observation is reduced to approximately 9' X 21' given the 3' 'fear-zone' of the electrified wire.
  • There was no structural shade from the sun with the exception of some trees.
  • They both exhibited stereotypical neurotic behavior of rocking, and one of the girls' back left foot is being treated for thrush—she was lifting it and looking at her foot.
  • If there was a structure provided for night-housing or protection from harsh weather, it may have been the old shed located next to the hot-wire corral. This shed is dilapidated and very small with no evidence of proper ventilation.
  • As one drives from the county road onto the driveway, Tina and Jewel are immediately to the left, approximately 20 yards from the access to the public. Left entirely unprotected and electrically penned like fish in a barrel, there are no measures to ensure their safety—or that of the public.”

August 2007: Tina and Jewel are still at the Leggett facility. They have reportedly been given access to a larger outdoor area, still well under an acre in size, and windows for ventilation have been cut into the tiny tin barn in which they are frequently confined. The USDA continues to allow Tina and Jewel’s care to be directed by the same individuals who, as the agency has repeatedly documented, have failed to provide these ailing elephants with necessary veterinary care; have handled the elephants in an unsafe and inhumane manner; and left them in the care of an inexperienced and unskilled trainer. In addition, USDA is reportedly in possession of evidence documenting the illegal involvement of John Davenport (who lost his USDA exhibitor license in 1998), with Tina, Jewel and the third elephant, Queenie. The agency continues to do nothing to stop this alleged illegal activity.

MORE shocking reports from USDA:

Chaining of Clyde Beaty Elephant

The Life of A Circus Elephant

Circus Reality
Sample Letter from KINSHIPCIRCLE.ORG 8:30 PM


Chester A. Gipson, D.V.M., Deputy Administrator
4700 River Rd., Unit 84
Riverdale, MD 20737-1234
ph: 301-734-7833
fax: 301-734-4993

DVM Deputy Administrator Chester Gipson:

I respectfully ask USDA to seize Asian elephants Tina and Jewel and relocate them to a sanctuary as soon as possible. Please transfer the elephants to The Elephant Sanctuary where they may obtain appropriate nutritional/veterinary treatment from professional elephant caretakers.

As you know, Tina and Jewel have been under Cole Bros. Circus contract to perform at fairs and other venues. Now in their forties, they’ve spent their lives in chains, shackles, and grueling training sessions. In fact, USDA fined Cole Bros. $10,000 for tormenting its elephants with bullhooks.

Circumstances have worsened for Tina and Jewel. A complaint filed with USDA describes Jewel as emaciated. I thank USDA for subsequently withdrawing both elephants from road performances and identifying travel stress for Jewel as “detrimental to her health...”

In 2006 Cole Bros. leased Tina and Jewel to Gigi’s Exotics, and its proprietress Gigi Davenport, in Leggett, Texas. USDA inspection reports show a disturbing recurrence of Animal Welfare Act violations at this facility. One record "determined that both elephants showed an alarming amount of weight loss."

As recently as July 25, 2007, photographic evidence revealed elephants subsisting in a filthy setting. Tina and Jewel were seen on a nearly shade-less 12' x 24’ cement slab amid electrified wire, building debris and charred trash. Both appeared underweight with no access to water or adequate food sources. They displayed stereotypical neurotic actions such as rocking.

These animals are STILL at the Leggett property, housed in an area less than an acre in space and under the “care” of individuals cited for failure to provide sufficient veterinary aid. They are still with handlers documented for unsafe and inhumane procedures with elephants. Furthermore, I understand USDA has evidence verifying the illegal participation of John Davenport — whose USDA exhibitor license was revoked in 1998.

I encourage USDA to clamp down on alleged illegal activity and deliver Tina and Jewel from ongoing abuse and neglect. Please authorize the release of Tina and Jewel to The Elephant Sanctuary now.

Thank you,

THANKS KIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted: Sep 24, 2007 4:42pm
Sep 14, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007

Frist Center for the Visual Arts
(Time TBA)
919 Broadway
Nashville, Tennessee 37203

Elephant Sanctuary founder Carol Buckley appearance. Carol will give a rare presentation, book signing and meet and greet guests. Meet Carol, learn about the truly magnificent elephants and how the history-making sanctuary was created. For more info, call 
931-796-6500 and please visit

Carol Buckley, Sanctuary Co-Founder/Executive Director will present a lecture and book-signing at the Frist Museum in Nashville on September 27 at 4pm. Carol’s presentation will be titled Sanctuary Life and she will read excerpts from her latest book, Just For Elephants, which will be available for sale.

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Posted: Sep 14, 2007 12:37pm
Sep 14, 2007
Animal organizations, educational institutions, decision makers and caring citizens  throughout  the state of Tennessee will come together September 22 - September 30, 2007  to make this statewide celebration of animals one that will benefit the animals and bring us all together on the animal's behalf. 

The week will include major events throughout the state which will include Memphis, Nashville and Knoxville along with smaller towns and municipalities. Tennessee is the 4th state in the union to dedicate a week to the animals.  Let us all come together throughout the great state of Tennessee for the animals during this very special week

Calendar of Events

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Posted: Sep 14, 2007 12:20pm
Aug 10, 2007

Ya didn't think I was gonna leave YOU out did ya Mikey?

Here,my personal tribute to YOU,Michael Vick!

There isn't enough LEGAL justice to which you deserve! The ONLY good thing(if you can call it that) is that YOU,Purnell A.Peace,Quanis L.Phillips,Tony Taylor have brought much needed national attention to the ever growing BLOODSPORT of ILLEGAL DOGFIGHTING!

There are people who never knew this type thing existed,chose to look the other way or otherwise blinded by it all and feeling helpless.And then there are those of us who know THIS has been around for ages and that YOU didn't "invent" this,however YOU ARE the one with an 18 page FEDERAL indictment and I do hope lady justice finds you GUILTY as charged!

For all the suffering you and the others inflicted,for the blood that was needlessly shed, for the pain that YOUR dogs endured until they DIED or were KILLED. For the tears that fell down their bloodstained face,the cries that were never heard,wondering what they have done to deserve this type of tortuous life.....for the life they COULD have had if it weren't for YOU!

It has been stated in your indictment the methods to which you chose to kill the ones that didn't perform well.....the hanging,slamming to the floor cracking skulls,wetting down for electrocution,shooting the ones that didn't "test" well ,the "rape stand" that holds aggressive dogs in "place" for "mating".....the "breakstick" used to pry open a dogs mouth during a fight.....HOW COULD YOU? HOW COULD ANYONE?

If you are found guilty(and I feel you are) I hope you FIND(or buy in YOUR case) a conscience,a heart,empathy. And I hope that every moment you take a breath that you are haunted by the moans of ONE of the many dying dogs that YOU chose to kill! I wish just for a moment that you might feel SOME of the pain that you inflicted....

And lastly I hope that your residence in which YOU OWNED that housed these helpless creatures that were forced to FIGHT for their lives is TORN DOWN and replaced by a shelter to care and to love dogs that have the misfortune in meeting someone like YOU!

                                   Do you remember me Mikey???


                        what about me,do you remember me??


                      I KNOW you MUST remember me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


          What did we do to deserve this? WHY? Why Mikey???





                               The type of Jurors NEEDED!!!!!!!!





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Posted: Aug 10, 2007 9:58am
Aug 9, 2007

Deion Sanders: I Believe Michael Vick Had a Passion for Dog Fighting

"I believe Vick had a passion for dogfighting. I know many athletes who share his passion. The allure is the intensity and the challenge of a dog fighting to the death. It's like ultimate fighting, but the dog doesn't tap out when he knows he can't win.

It reminds me of when I wore a lot of jewelry back in the day because I always wanted to have the biggest chain or the biggest, baddest car. It gives you status."

Just like your idiot dogfighting friends I see Mr.Sanders! Are you sir insane?! Oh you probably need help with this one so I'll answer for ya........ya d*amn right you are scumbag!!!!
Vick,YOU and all the other dogfighting cruel heartless gutless LITTLE MEN~~~>your seats are reserved in HELL!

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Jun 30, 2007

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Current mood: sad

Just returning from Birmingham Alabama attending a candle light vigil in front of THE BIRMINGHAM ZOO on Sunday.. We held "NO MORE ELEPHANTS" signs and candles in memory of SWEET MONA. It was terribly sad and yet OUTRAGING at the same time!

As I was standing there I could recall countless times seeing MONA and her companion SUSIE(died 2 yrs ago),even though I haven't visited in MANY years. In my youth and early 20's being an animal LOVER as I am.....where else BUT the ZOO does one go if ya love animals?! THATS what I thought AT THE TIME. Thats until I was 20 something at the elephant "exhibit" seeing those wonderous creatures in AWE! There were others standing beside me....laughing,joking at the the SMELL..etc....and I can remember ALL I SAW was those sad life no future just a prison to hold them for the ZOO's profit. Standing there....moving back and forth.....dirt and concrete and people's laughter...where were their friends.....water,food...even toys to play with, such a small area.....barely enough room to move surely NONE to ROAM .....all this and more I had wondered.

I saw pain, I saw a beautiful soul being exploited and  ENSLAVED and then I saw RED.....all I felt was OUTRAGE!

Two gentle giants standing before me......and I FELT their pain,suffering,their spirit being taken from was at that very moment I KNEW...this place they call THE ZOO is nothing more than a place for people to profit and for the animals to live a life of pure hell....just waiting to die to end their torment. THATS what I saw.....and still see!

I share some photos I took at the vigil....collage and photos placed by the wonderful caring BEAUTIFUL folks at



Friends from ELEPHANT LOVERS group who lite their candles in spirit from all over the world in memory of MONA.


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Posted: Jun 30, 2007 9:50am
May 25, 2006
Many people will walk in and out or your life,
but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.
To handle yourself, use your head,
To handle others, use your heart.
Anger is only one letter short of danger.
Great minds discuss ideas;
Average minds discuss events;
Small minds discuss people.
God Gives every bird its food,
but, He does Not throw it into its nest.
He who loses money, loses much;
He who loses a friend, loses more;
He who loses faith, loses all.
Beautiful young people are acts of nature,
but beautiful old people are works of art.
Learn from the mistakes of others.
You can't live long enough to make them all yourself.
The tongue weighs practically nothing,
but so few people can hold it.
Friends, you and me..
you brought another friend...
And then there were 3....
we started our group....
Our circle of friends......
and like that circle.......
There is no beginning........there is no end.

Dedicated to a kind soul taken away TOO SOON!!

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Posted: May 25, 2006 5:41pm
May 19, 2006
A heartfelt video on the banning of pitbulls. VERY sad!  Wonderfully done and speaks to everyone that has ever loved a pitbull.....or any dog....or ANYONE!

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