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Baby Elephant Used By Ringling Infected With Deadly Virus

Animals  (tags: EEHV infection, lethargy, swelling of the head and limbs, a blue discoloration of the tongue )

- 3295 days ago -
PETA has confirmed that Barack, a baby elephant with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, is suffering from a deadly herpes virus that Ringling may have been able to prevent


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Linda H (199)
Saturday February 6, 2010, 7:07 pm
This is horrible! and so preventable Now the circus is the one at fault and should be held accountable! Action taken! Thanks,Eleanorna!

Danielle S (54)
Saturday February 6, 2010, 7:16 pm
Absolutely terrible. Reading about abused animals like this elephant make me so sad because they could have had a better life if circumstances had been different. :[

gerlinde p (161)
Sunday February 7, 2010, 1:04 am
signed thankyou.

Elm Morrison (357)
Monday February 8, 2010, 10:15 am
My personal comment added to the letter that PETA provides.


Please shut these bastards down!! The cruelty inflicted here - the lack of veterinary care - all for the sake of greed is disgusting, And if your department lets this one go too - like you have let so much else go regarding Ringling Bros I sincerely hope that the God that you purport to believe in sends you straight to hell when you die.

Ringling acted carelessly by putting a baby elephant named Barack, who was less than a year old, on the road to travel and perform with the circus. This was undoubtedly a stressful experience for him, and now baby Barack has been diagnosed with a deadly herpes virus. Stress can weaken the immune system, making an elephant susceptible to infectious diseases. At least four baby elephants with Ringling have already died from various causes. Please investigate and, if appropriate, pursue charges against Ringling, and ensure that Barack is receiving adequate veterinary care.

In total disgust!
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