AR-News: Urge Feds to Investigate the Death of a Baby Elephant at Carson & Barnes Circus

molly mgh at citlink.net
Sun May 23 13:37:16 EDT 2004



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> Hi-Please send polite email to help. Thanks
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> Urge Feds to Investigate the Death of a Baby Elephant at Carson & Barnes
> Circus
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> On April 12, 2004, Jennie-a 5-year-old female Asian elephant with the
Carson
> & Barnes Circus-died a premature and painful death after contracting the
> elephant herpes virus. Jennie reportedly toured with the circus just days
> before dying at Carson & Barnes' headquarters in Hugo, Oklahoma.
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> Jennie's death might have been prevented if Carson & Barnes had followed
> even the most basic guidelines for elephant care. The circus likely
> compromised Jennie's delicate immune system by subjecting her to the
stress
> of performance and travel and reportedly separating her prematurely from
her
> mother when she was just 16 months of age.
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> Carson & Barnes recklessly commingles Asian and African elephants-even
> though African elephants carry the herpes virus in a dormant state and can
> pass it across species lines to nearby endangered Asian elephants,
resulting
> in avoidable deaths. Young elephants who are under stress are especially
> susceptible to the virus. Technically known as "elephant endothelial
herpes
> virus," it attacks the cells that line blood vessels, causing blood to
leak
> and pool in the tissues of the heart, liver, and tongue leading to massive
> internal hemorrhaging. A study of elephant deaths since 1983 revealed that
> of the 30 percent of elephants who were either stillborn or died during
> their first year of life, more than half had died from the herpes virus.
> Thirty-one Asian elephants worldwide have now perished from the virus, the
> majority of whom were calves.
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> The federal Animal Welfare Act requires that licensed exhibitors use
> appropriate methods to prevent diseases and that animals be handled in a
> manner that does not cause trauma or stress or expose young animals to
> exhibition if it would be detrimental to their health or well-being.
Carson
> & Barnes exposed Jennie to this deadly virus by keeping her with African
> elephants and stressed her delicate immune system by subjecting her to the
> rigors of training, traveling, and performing at a tender age.
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> Read PETA's news release.
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> What You Can Do
> Please urge the U.S. Department of Agriculture to investigate the
conditions
> surrounding Jennie's death and to ensure that the surviving Asian
elephants
> are safeguarded from the same deadly fate:
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> Dr. Robert Gibbens
> USDA, APHIS
> 2150 Centre Ave., Bldg. B
> Mail Stop #3W11
> Fort Collins, CO 80526
> 970-494-7478
> 970-494-7461 (fax)
> ace at aphis.usda.gov
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