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USDA fines Ringling Bros. Circus (Parent Co. of "Greatest Show on Earth") over Treatment of Animals
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By Leigh Remizowski | updated 7:20 PM EST, Tue November 29, 2011

-- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has slapped the parent company of the "Greatest Show on Earth" with a record penalty for alleged animal rights violations.

Feld Entertainment Inc., which produces the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, has agreed to pay $270,000 for allegedly violating the Animal Welfare Act on several occasions from June 2007 to August 2011, according to a USDA news release.

The USDA can levy fines of up to $10,000 per violation of the act.

"This settlement sends a direct message to the public and to those who exhibit animals that USDA will take all necessary steps to protect animals regulated under the Animal Welfare Act," Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in the release.

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And Ron Paul et al want to eliminate federal agencies such as the USDA. Go figure.
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  -USDA fines Ringling Bros. Circus (Parent Co. of "Greatest Show on Earth") over Treatment of Animals Turborama  Nov-29-11 09:06 PM   #0 
  - Recommend  xchrom   Nov-29-11 09:07 PM   #1 
  - They should be shut down  catgirl   Nov-29-11 09:15 PM   #2 
  - Hopefully, this loss of money will inspire decent treatment of animals. nt  ZombieHorde   Nov-29-11 09:17 PM   #3 
  - mother jones did an expose two issues ago that made me cry/  niyad   Nov-29-11 09:20 PM   #4 
  - I saw Ringling Brothers, and I hoped this was an expose of one of the CIA's (Florida)  2banon   Nov-29-11 09:31 PM   #5 
  - hmmmm...tell me more.  ret5hd   Nov-30-11 06:47 AM   #18 
  - All the elephants should go here  Seedersandleechers   Nov-29-11 09:33 PM   #6 
  - or here  LeftyMom   Nov-29-11 09:39 PM   #8 
  - elephants are smart and all, but i doubt they're very internet savvy  Tunkamerica   Nov-30-11 12:44 AM   #14 
  - Circuses should be obsolete. nt  alp227   Nov-29-11 09:35 PM   #7 
  - humans.  marasinghe   Nov-29-11 10:09 PM   #9 
  - I just read an article in MotherJones about their treatment of  kas125   Nov-30-11 12:12 AM   #10 
  - We actually went to Circus Vargas last month...they use NO animals.  SoapBox   Nov-30-11 12:22 AM   #11 
  - About damned time.  No Elephants   Nov-30-11 12:28 AM   #12 
  - $10,000 per act?  blueclown   Nov-30-11 12:38 AM   #13 
  - the law applies to everyone, and one offense by an employee could bankrupt a smaller outfit  Tunkamerica   Nov-30-11 12:49 AM   #15 
     - So how about a fine of "one month's profits"?  saras   Nov-30-11 01:48 AM   #16 
     - that makes more sense  Tunkamerica   Nov-30-11 04:38 AM   #17 
     - We are not talking about a single offense.  blueclown   Nov-30-11 04:20 PM   #20 
  - i haven't been to the circus  MrsBrady   Nov-30-11 10:59 AM   #19 

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