AR-News: Cole Brothers Circus problems
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Thu Jul 1 12:40:35 EDT 2004
Please cross post-
New Cole Brothers Circus visit has found the below problems.
1. High diving cat show - Cat jumps off small wood platform near top of
tent top into a small pillow trainer holds up. Cat was in Tim Burton's film,
"Big Fish.". The USDA was notified about this this year and last. They state
no violations exist as cat has option to not jump (How it gets down no one
said) and that unless the cat misses pillow they can do nothing, as they have
no past reports that any cat did miss landing on it.
A [private veterinarian that deals with circus issues] also looked at the
cat act and said he saw nothing wrong.
2. Tiger cages - At least two tigers were brought into ring that could
hardly lift heads above their backbones, and were pressing heads and bodies
against cages to try and get into normal body positions. As the circus has been
trying to hide animals kept in back from public view, it could not be
determined if they are in bigger cages, and smaller ones are used just to take them
into show ring or not. If they are the regular all time cages, they are in
clear violation of USDA standards.
3. Tiger ring- It appears that the tigers are within cage top distance to
jump out if they wanted to when the are on their stands. A tiger that can
jump 20 feet almost straight up.
The stands put them within that distance. USDA does not want to get
involved in that issue.
It may be just rumor, but watch out for possible name change from New Cole
Brothers Circus, to American Circus name in future.
Poughkeepsie, NY 7/2 - 7/4 - Dutches County SPCA 845-452-SPCA (7722)
Flushing Meadows, NY Corona Park 7/5 - 7/8 NYC Park ASPCA 212 876 -
Brookllyn, NY Marine Park 7/19 - 7/25 NYC Park ASPCA 212 876
Staten Island, NY Midland Beach Park 7/19 - 7/25 NYC Park ASPCA 212
Forest Park, NY Bandshell parking lot 7/26 - 8/1 NYC Park ASPCA 212
NOTE - NY City Parks Dept
SUFFOLK COUNTY -
Southhampton, NY 8/2 - 8/3 Sufolk County SPCA
Lake Grove Smith Haven Mall 8/4 - 8/8 Sufolk County SPCA
Greenport, NY 8/9 - 8/10 Suffolk County SPCA
Middle Island, NY 8/11 - 8/13 Sufolk County SPCA
Note - Past experience has shown no co-operation from the Suffolk County
wanting to correct circus problems, and they have engaged in questionable
activities in the past when dealing with animal exhibitors.
International Society for the Protection of Exotic Animal Kind and
998-C Old Country Road, # 142, Plainview, NY 11803 516 935-4607
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