Posts Tagged ‘Circuses’

Circus elephant escapes in Brandeburg

June 18, 2008

A circus elephant escaped from its pen in the German state of Brandenburg overnight, police in Neurippen said on Wednesday.

The 22-year-old animal seemed to feel at home with traditional German cuisine, taking time out of his journey through the town of Neustadt to test out potato plants in a local garden. A resident noticed the animal during its starchy snack and called the police.

Authorities had no trouble capturing the elephant, who returned to the big top without a fight.

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Many Captive Tigers Are Of Purebred Ancestry; Finding Raises Their Conservation Value

April 22, 2008

Tigers held in captivity around the world–including those in zoos, circuses, and private homes–may hold considerable conservation value for the rapidly dwindling wild populations around the world, according to a new report published online on April 17th in Current Biology. Using a new method for assessing the genetic ancestry of tigers, researchers discovered that many apparently “generic” tigers actually represent purebred subspecies and harbor genomic diversity no longer found in nature.

” Assessment of ‘verified subspecies ancestry’ (VSA) offers a powerful tool that, if applied to tigers of uncertain background, may considerably increase the number of purebred tigers suitable for conservation management,” said Shu-Jin Luo, of the National Cancer Institute, Frederick. “This approach would be of particular importance to tiger subspecies that have suffered severe population decline in the wild and/or lack of efficient captive breeding.”

For instance, he said, the Indochinese tiger has been classified as a different subspecies from the Malayan tiger, leaving just 14 recognized Indochinese individuals in captivity. “Thus,” Luo added, “verification of VSA Indochinese tigers, establishment of captive breeding programs, and preservation of remaining Indochinese tiger populations in the wild should be set as one of the top priorities in the global tiger conservation strategy.”

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Names and Petitions

February 23, 2008


I found another email from PETA in my mailbox today. I think they might be a little bit confused though. They address me as Naresh, and while I do think Naresh is a very nice and interesting name, I have never used it as my own moniker in any shape, form, or fashion. Also, PETA thinks I signed a petition to stop circus cruelty. I don’t THINK I signed the petition; I know I didn’t intend to do so. I just tried to let you guys know that you could sign the petition if you wanted.

Now, before you start thinking, “Oh Kitty Mowmow, aren’t you being a hypocrite? You want everybody else to sign a petition, but you didn’t sign it yourself!” Well I think my personal decision to never sign petitions (for my own idiosyncratic reasons, I prefer making statements in other ways) should not deter me from letting you know that the option to sign a petition is available to you. How can I fulfill my role as an objective purveyor of animal-related information if I neglect to tell you about petitions? What a sad state of affairs that would be!

Anyway, this email, while it is addressed to someone other than myself, contains more information in which you may have an interest. Let me know what you think about it.
-Kitty Mowmow

Hi Naresh,

Thank you so much for signing the petition to stop circus

You can help stop the suffering of elephants, tigers, and other
animals abused in the name of “entertainment” by supporting
PETA’s vital work.

Here are some more ways that you can help animals.

1. Please take a moment to sign up for our Activist Network. It
is the best way to keep in touch with PETA about our campaigns,
events in your area, and animal rights issues across the world.

2. Follow our “Steps to Take When the Circus Comes to Town.”
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3. Visit for posters, leaflets, and stickers.
If you need some help organizing, contact PETA’s Campaign
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4. Sponsor an ad, billboard, or radio or TV Public Service
Announcement (PSA) in your local newspaper.

5. Start a campaign to end circus and other acts that exploit
animals in your community. Here is a list of local bans on
animal acts from across the United States.

Thanks for helping animals,

Ingrid Newkirk

I received this email from PETA recently…

February 21, 2008

… What do you guys think about it? Comment and let me know!

One good thing about zoos: they sometimes let the little kids ride the elephant. One of my favorite childhood memories is of riding an elephant at the zoo when I was 3 or 4 years old. The elephant was HUGE, but was I frightened? No, not THIS little preschooler! I BEFRIENDED the elephant. Some day we’ll meet on the plains of Africa or the jungles of India, and he will remember me, and greet me both nobly and joyfully, and together we will roam the wilderness, searching for adventures worthy of Mowgli himself. That’s what my young mind pretended, anyway. I hate to think that perhaps that elephant was abused at the circus.

I bet PETA wouldn’t like that though.

Fighting Animal Abuse Around the World
Dear Friend,I need your help to stop the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus’ abusive practices against animals.sign petitionFor elephants, tigers, horses, and other animals, a Ringling tour means another year of beatings and long days chained or confined to cramped, poorly ventilated boxcars. The circus’s cruelty to animals is indisputable.

Two PETA investigators tracked Ringling at nearly every stop on its 2006 tour. They documented on videotape that Ringling employees engaged in hideous acts of cruelty to animals in full view of the public. For instance, trainers aggressively hooked elephants with bullhooks, even causing a bloody wound. So you can imagine the hideous abuse that goes on behind the scenes. Former Ringling animal crew employees came forward with allegations of a 30-minute beating of a chained elephant that left her bleeding profusely. These beatings are absolutely horrible to watch and are even worse for elephants to endure.

You can take action today to help end these hideous practices by signing our petition to Ringling.

The abuses that PETA has uncovered have led to multiple open investigations of Ringling by the U.S. government and have cost the circus a national tour sponsor. But Ringling still refuses to retire its abusive animal acts.

Can I count on your support to help stop Ringling’s abuse in the name of family entertainment? I sincerely hope that the answer is “Yes!” You and I are the only hope that these animals have.

Thank you for caring about animals.

For all animals,
Ingrid Newkirk
Ingrid E. Newkirk

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The Vancouver Humane Society has issued its recommended top 10 New Year’s resolutions to make life better for animals

December 26, 2007


Here are the society’s 10 suggestions:

– Don’t buy eggs from caged hens. If you choose to buy eggs, buy certified organic eggs instead. They’re guaranteed to be free-range and have the highest welfare standards (

– If you’re looking for a companion animal, adopt a homeless animal from a local shelter. Don’t buy exotic pets or animals sold in pet stores or by breeders.

– Eat less meat, starting with one meat-free dinner a week – or, better yet, go vegetarian!

– Get your dog/cat spayed or neutered and tell everyone who has a pet to do the same.

– Don’t patronize zoos, animal circuses, rodeos or any other event exploiting animals.

– Don’t buy fur – not even fur trim.

– Switch to cruelty-free and non-animal-tested products.

– Become a supporter of an animal charity.

– Report animal cruelty to the ASPCA.

– Do something kind for animals every day – take your neighbour’s dog for walk, write a letter to the editor supporting animals, hug your cat.

Click here to read the full article.

This is another one of those posts that I may or may not personally agree with, but feel that the information should be available for discourse. For example, I don’t believe that zoos and rodeos inherently exploit animals, and I myself do not choose to be a vegetarian. But like I’ve said before, one of the major goals of Kitty Mowmow’s Animal Expo is to provide a starting-point for discussing animal-related issues.