In Defense of Animals (IDA) has been following the lives of Tina, Jewel and Queenie, three Asian elephants who are part of the Shrine Circus. If you missed the last post about this, you can read it here.
What IDA uncovered were three sick and miserable elephants who were suffering under the hands of their trainer Will Davenport who has years of USDA violations under his belt.
The good news is that people rallied for these elephants making calls to the USDA and Congress about their welfare. As a result, the USDA actually stepped up to do it’s job and investigate the matter.
Unfortunately, after investigating the USDA only called for Tina, Jewel and Queenie to be taken off the road and returned to their home base in Texas, while remaining under Davenport’s incompetent care.
The ultimate goal here is to see these three elephants confiscated and moved to a sanctuary.
Even if you’ve already taken action for Tina, Jewel and Queenie please take a minute to contact your representatives to ask them to support efforts to have these elephants removed.
For more info on the lives of circus elephants and a list of animal free circuses, check circuses.com.