While I'm sure all my gentle readers would never go to a circus where animal acts are exhibited (After all, circuses are no fun for the animals that are caged, beaten and forced to perform unnatural tricks.), this particular circus, Carson and Barnes, is particularly nasty.
Since 2004, PETA has tried to contact every community or group with plans to host a Carson & Barnes circus to urge them to cancel the event.
Nicole Meyer, an elephant specialist for PETA, said the 69-year-old circus troupe employs animal handlers among the worst in the industry.
But Brenda Pobre, a spokeswoman for the circus, said the company has never violated federal animal cruelty laws, and that citations by regulators have been for minor infractions.
"I doubt you've ever eaten in a restaurant that hasn't been cited for something," she said.
Can you imagine? The gall of these PETA people! To accuse a poor innocent circus like that... Somewhere a clown must be crying. Well, with facts like that, those circus people made me want to find out what they've been cited for...
At circuses.com I found a fact-sheet on Carson and Barnes. The first paragraph says:
Carson & Barnes Circus has failed to meet minimal federal standards for the care of animals used in exhibition as established in the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has cited Carson & Barnes Circus numerous times for failure to provide vetrinary care and minimum space, for failure to provide shelter from the elements, for failure to maintain transport trailers, for inadequate ventilation, for unsound fencing that failed to protect spectators and the animals, for rusty animal cages, for giving animals unclean water, and for failure to keep animal care records.
Some of those were some pretty major citations - not minor at all! I don't know that I'd eat in a restaurant that had that many serious citations. But I do know that I'll never go to a Carson and Barnes circus.