Remember Tina, Jewel and Queenie who weren’t having any fun at the circus? If you missed them before, you can read about them here.
Long story short, In Defense of Animals (IDA) had been following these three Asian elephants who were part of the Shrine Circus, under the care of William Davenport, who has been cited on multiple animal welfare violations in addition to being responsible for an accident where children were injured during an elephant ride.
A USDA inspection last April found these elephants were significantly underweight and unhealthy, in addition to having inconclusive test results for tuberculosis, which can spread to humans.
After a receiving pressure from the public, the USDA and FWS finally confiscated Tina and Jewel, who are now living at the San Diego Zoo where they’ll be receiving the care and medical attention they need.
Unfortunately, Queenie was left behind in Texas with Davenport, who should clearly not be left in charge of anything, let alone an animal. IDA is still concerned with Queenie’s welfare, and recounts the heartbreaking scene of Queenie, “chained to a tree in Texas, swaying neurotically behind Will Davenport after the truck carrying Tina and Jewel to the San Diego Zoo had pulled away.”
You Can Help!!
IDA is still working hard to see Queenie moved to a sanctuary where she can spend the rest of her days. Please take a moment to make a phone call for Queenie today!
IDA recommends the following talking points when you make your call:
- The many outstanding legal issues regarding Will Davenport’s conduct (including his defiance of a federal order during USDA’s first confiscation attempt on August 15) provide a clear avenue for them to help Queenie.
- You hold the agency directly responsible for Queenie’s welfare. After all she has been through, Queenie must be retired from public display and sent to either the PAWS sanctuary in California or The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. Since Queenie has no pressing health issues requiring intensive veterinary care, she can go immediately to a sanctuary. There is no excuse for sending her to a zoo.
- It is inconceivable that the agency would leave Queenie in the “care” of Davenport, who has racked up countless Animal Welfare Act violations since receiving his USDA exhibitor’s license just two years ago.
USDA Contact Information:
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack: 202-720-3631
Acting APHIS Administrator Kevin Shea Phone: 202-720-3861
You can also contact your elected officials and ask them to support Queenie’s rescue. Their contact information can be found here.
For more information about how to help elephants, visit helpelephants.com