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Circus Elephants In Peril
Wednesday night, November 4, 2009, 29-year-old African elephant, Kamba, escaped from the Family Fun Circus in Enid, Oklahoma and was struck by an SUV traveling on U.S. 81 about 80 miles north of Oklahoma City. SEE STORY HERE
Kamba and her companion, African elephant Congo, are usually trained and exhibited by Doug Terranova, a circus trainer with a long history of complaints and violations of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA).
Last year, both elephants were spooked during a tornado in Kansas, escaping their enclosure at the fairgrounds, and rampaged through resident's backyards until local firefighters and a veterinarian blocked their path and tranquilized them.
PAWS has tracked these two elephants, who appear and disappear all across the Midwest and into California, for the past 10 years. They are frightened victims of the circus industry who are at the mercy of animal handlers who are constantly in violation of the AWA.
Please contact the USDA and demand that both elephants be removed from the custody of Doug Terranova and placed in a safe environment.
Tom VilsackAPHIS Administrator Kevin Shea
Secretary of Agriculture
U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Ave. S.W.
Washington, DC 20250
Join our campaign to free elephants like Kamba and Congo from the circus
ELEPHANTS DO NOT BELONG IN CIRCUSES!