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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 09:06 PM
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USDA fines Ringling Bros. Circus (Parent Co. of "Greatest Show on Earth") over Treatment of Animals
Source: CNN

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.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2011/11/29/us/ringling-bros-fine/ind...



And Ron Paul et al want to eliminate federal agencies such as the USDA. Go figure.
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 09:07 PM
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1. Recommend
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catgirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 09:15 PM
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2. They should be shut down

This is just a slap on the wrist.
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ZombieHorde Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 09:17 PM
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3. Hopefully, this loss of money will inspire decent treatment of animals. nt
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niyad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 09:20 PM
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4. mother jones did an expose two issues ago that made me cry/
that piddling little fine they got (and will they EVER pay it???) is (no pun intended) peanuts compared to the horror that is their treatment of animals. they should have been shut down years ago.

http://nhne-pulse.org/mother-jones-details-elephant-abu...
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2banon Donating Member (794 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 09:31 PM
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5. I saw Ringling Brothers, and I hoped this was an expose of one of the CIA's (Florida)
Edited on Tue Nov-29-11 09:32 PM by 2banon
"safehouse" neighborhoods..

wrt to subject, the fine is such a paltry amt as to be laughable. probably is being laughed at.
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ret5hd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 06:47 AM
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18. hmmmm...tell me more.
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Seedersandleechers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 09:33 PM
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6. All the elephants should go here
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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 09:39 PM
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8. or here
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Tunkamerica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 12:44 AM
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14. elephants are smart and all, but i doubt they're very internet savvy
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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 09:35 PM
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7. Circuses should be obsolete. nt
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marasinghe Donating Member (754 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 10:09 PM
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9. humans.
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kas125 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 12:12 AM
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10. I just read an article in MotherJones about their treatment of
elephants. It's horrible and heartbreaking. I'm glad the USDA is finally doing something, but I doubt that it'll be enough. Link to Mother Jones' The Cruelest Show in Earth - http://motherjones.com/environment/2011/10/ringling-bro...
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SoapBox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 12:22 AM
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11. We actually went to Circus Vargas last month...they use NO animals.
It was fun...LOTS of aerial stuff. Their motorcycles-in-a-cage, has us holding out breath.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 12:28 AM
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12. About damned time.
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blueclown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 12:38 AM
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13. $10,000 per act?
Not nearly punitive enough. During one of their shows, how quickly do they make $10,000? A minute?

How about $100,000 per act?
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Tunkamerica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 12:49 AM
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15. the law applies to everyone, and one offense by an employee could bankrupt a smaller outfit
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saras Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 01:48 AM
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16. So how about a fine of "one month's profits"?
I think it's, in general, a fairer system than monetary fines, especially in a society with economic disparity.
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Tunkamerica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 04:38 AM
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17. that makes more sense
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blueclown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 04:20 PM
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20. We are not talking about a single offense.
We are talking about a repeat offender. In light of that evidence, the punishment does not meet the crime. The penalty is not nearly punitive enough.
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MrsBrady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 10:59 AM
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19. i haven't been to the circus
Edited on Wed Nov-30-11 10:59 AM by MrsBrady
in forever, since I was a child.
I just can't see the animals being used like they are in a circus.

And while the two major local zoos here do a good job, that I know of. I can't stand to see them in cages. Breaks my heart.

I don't like the pet store either.
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