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Animal Rights Group Pays Settlement in Circus Elephant Case

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A circus producer said Friday that an animal rights group has paid it $9.3 million to settle two federal court cases claiming elephant abuse.

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Phyllis P (237)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 9:23 am

“These defendants attempted to destroy our family-owned business with a hired plaintiff who made statements that the court did not believe,” said Kenneth Feld, chairman and CEO of Feld Entertainment, in a statement.

“Animal activists have been attacking our family, our company, and our employees for decades because they oppose animals in circuses,” Feld said. “This settlement is a vindication not just for the company but also for the dedicated men and women who spend their lives working and caring for all the animals with Ringling Brothers in the face of such targeted, malicious rhetoric.”

The ASPCA was one of several animal rights groups that sued Feld Entertainment in 2000, alleging that circus elephants were abused.

The ASPCA confirmed the settlement, saying in a statement that “the organization does not admit to any liability or wrongdoing.” The court never ruled on the merits of the elephant abuse allegations, it said.


mar l ene dinkins (264)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 10:57 am

Roxie H (350)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 11:28 am
Thanks Charles for the forward and Phyllis for the story hun o.0

Kit B (276)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 12:21 pm

I find myself in total agreement with the Humane Society. Animals are not for human entertainment, they are chained in one place then trained for the circus to use as a form of diversion and "fun" for the audience.

From the article;

“While HSUS was not a party to the original case against Ringling, we agree with so many critics of the circus that its treatment of elephants is deplorable and unacceptable. We’ll continue to make our case to the public, even as Ringling files frivolous and retaliatory legal actions to divert and distract from its abuse of elephants,” he said in a statement.

Carrie B (306)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 1:43 pm
Thank you for an excellent article Phyllis!

Barb K (1688)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 2:55 pm
Meanwhile back at RB nothing has changed. 'Oh that I could cut these ties that bind me!' [Shakesphere] these poor elephants must be thinking. Our work is far from over, my fellow animal lovers! TY Phyllis!!

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 3:06 pm
No animals should be made to perform in circuses! Elephants take much abuse from the trainers & is so not right for these majestic elephants! We must continue to be their voices. Thanks Phyllis.

Christine Stewart (134)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 9:12 pm
So unjust! We will just have to work harder to discourage people from attending circuses that have ellies and big cats.

Suzanne L (99)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 9:44 pm
TY Phyllis. Sadly noted. This is a lot for the ASPCA and other animal welfare groups to have to pay out. These organizations are always strapped for $ to help so many animals. Making a 'family business' from the suffering of animals for entertainment is unjust. Equally unjust is taking such a huge amount from charitable organizations.

Mike H (252)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 10:35 pm
What the hell went wrong?

Sarah G (109)
Sunday December 30, 2012, 5:45 am
How sad that it apparently does not matter whether or not the elephants were being abused. Abuse remains exactly the same whether the witness is paid to speak or not.

Bill C (353)
Sunday December 30, 2012, 5:58 am
Some legal facts groups now face thanks to ReTA included paying the cost of any trial brought up in California they loose as they have had so many frivolous lawsuits that cost the State so much money the state is sick of it.

This comes after PeTA lost a lawsuit to gift 5 animals from Seaworld human rights but IMO will hit all groups.

PeTA is causing so much in the way of knee jerk lawsuits, PeTA and the ALF caused AETA and PeTA kills almost all of the animals in its care from public records. Groups like PeTA need to be dialed back as their antics are harming not helping

donnaa D (14)
Sunday December 30, 2012, 6:16 am
Circuses are EVIL, and entraps our wonderful wild life, into a terrible life, this all should be banned once and for all!
i will be glad when all countries have a ban such as this

Veronique L (209)
Sunday December 30, 2012, 6:45 am
Animals don't belong in circuses!

Michele Wilkinson (106)
Sunday December 30, 2012, 12:13 pm
"The toll of the case has gone beyond a financial one, he said. “It gets very personal and nasty out there on the line when the company’s employees are handling the elephants in public on walks,” he said. “I think the people who have cared for these animals have suffered and been unjustly accused.”

And what about the torment of the elephants, and all other animals forced to perform stupid tricks? What about the animals taken from the wild, their natural habitat and their family group? What about the cruelty, the "training" methods, the pain inflicted on these animals to ensure they to obey? THIS is suffering!
The animals have suffered, and for too many years.
It is time for this to stop.
Animals do NOT belong in any form of human entertainment.

Sarah G (109)
Sunday December 30, 2012, 12:13 pm
I also agree with Bill C-- I do not support Peta, a group that, as Phyllis points out, kills perfectly healthy dogs and cats they "rescue". and discredits the efforts of reputable groups with their antics.

Donna Hamilton (159)
Sunday December 30, 2012, 1:45 pm
Noted. Thanks, Phyllis.

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 30, 2012, 2:11 pm
more lies no animals should be kept in confinement for the amusement of humans

Intan Surya Dawood (3)
Monday December 31, 2012, 12:17 am

Danuta W (1249)
Monday December 31, 2012, 3:02 am

Bill C (353)
Monday December 31, 2012, 12:33 pm
Just to validate my point since gthe decision HSUS may now face racketeering (federal) charges plus 2 of their lawyers face serious felony charges.

When PeTA paid for the ALF Times square billboard that said "we control Wall Street" with masked ALF members images, this done after a cyber manipulation of the stock market a bill that had set dormant for years was fast tracked and passed within 90 days as an open ended bill that is a law we call AETA.

4 charged can still be brought to court on the first AETA charges but the gov decided to waive but hold the right to prosecute if the state took the first bite. It still stands as such

Social boards are now the target for those who violate AETA and it happens alot, the press secretary for ALPO (65+ yr old woman) was arrested and convicted along with a young male who went to jail.

We need to stand to stop the animal rights "acivist: fringe" from the continued harm they do to the animals, 1 stunt in Times Square and a law is changed, if the government is wise enough to get laws must be changed with a pen and proceedure, why do many feel they have the right to literally committ criminal acts to get a conviction. In this case the primary "witness" was not a witness but a person paid to sit on a witnes stand.

They got caught and look at the downhill flow already, after a few days....

Change comes slow to last, legal change takes longer

Terrie Williams (798)
Monday December 31, 2012, 1:51 pm
Sickening....I do not attend circuses. I do not find them amusing and never have....even when I was a child. I despise them for what they are and what they do to animals for the sake of MONEY and that is destroy the spirits of animals that belong in the wild and are not meant for human entertainment. I loathe them (circuses).

Jocelyn Koopmann (56)
Tuesday January 1, 2013, 8:23 pm
Elephants need to be FREE, roaming their lands, with each others company. Not tied up with chains rocking from side to side. Disgusting no matter what they say. Thanks Phyllis hugs.

Süheyla C (234)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 1:16 pm
Noted, thanks Phyllis.
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