UPDATE: Tina, Jewel and Queenie are STILL Not Having Fun at the Circus

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.

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ann b.
Ann B4 years ago

These elephants need saving.

Eileen B.
Eileen B4 years ago

My heart is broken for these elephants. I cannot begin to understand why the Humane Society, the SPCA and other animal welfare groups aren't there raising all kind of what for and having this sadistic monster arrested and subject to all of the pain and suffering he intentionally and with abject cruelty caused these beautiful animals. These elephants deserve to enjoy the life they were meant to have - free to be who and what they are. Get them to a sanctuary for the treatment and
care they so richly deserve.

Winn Adams
Winn Adams4 years ago

Where are the people who can stop this? I just don't know how they live with themselves. Never give up the fight to help these animals.

Sandra A.
Sandra Amici4 years ago

We don't need more "investigations" of animal abuse. We need for these abusers to get a stiff fine, be jailed for years, and have the animals released to an animal sanctuary. No more useless investigations that do nothing. We need to use the stiff fines to protect more animals.

Elizabeth Sowers
Liz Sowers4 years ago

Why is the USDA not stepping up much sooner in defense of these and other mistreaed animals?

Linda Jarsky
Linda Jarsky4 years ago

Martin Luther King Jr. is quoted as saying, “Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.”

LIZ Thompson4 years ago

This situation makes my blood boil!!!! Somebody please, have the guts to string this madman Will whateverhislastnameis up and prod and poke him with that horrific tool he uses till he dies a long ugly death...there is absolutely no excuse for allowing this creep to continue to exist! And, even more important, where is PETA and all the other animal rights groups? Why, with thier numbers, can they not step in and work towards saving these 3 and all the other poor, tortured elephants from the hands of madmen like this Will?

Jaya S.
jaya S6 years ago

For every action there is a reaction. According to the law of karma, if we cause pain and suffering to other living beings, we must endure pain and suffering in return, both individually and collectively. We reap what we sow, in this life and the next, for nature has her own justice. No one can escape the law of karma.