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IDA Urges Authorities to Deny Permit to Export Circus Elephant

February 26th, 2013 by Nicole Meyer

In Defense Of Animals Urges Canadian And United States Authorities To Prohibit Export Of A Circus Elephant From The U.S. To A Canadian Zoo

Ontario, Canada (February 26, 2013) — In Defense of Animals (IDA), an international animal protection organization headquartered in California with more than 100,000 supporters, is calling on the Canadian Minister of the Environment and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) to deny a permit for the export of a U.S.-based circus elephant to a zoo in Canada.

The Bowmanville Zoo, near Toronto, Ontario, filed a request to import a bull elephant from the Miller Equipment Company, which operates the Carson & Barnes Circus based in Hugo, Oklahoma. IDA reviewed the permit application and has grave concerns about the intentions of both parties and for the welfare of the elephant.

“IDA strongly believes that this proposed transfer in the name of breeding and conservation is speculative, unsubstantiated, and a ruse,” said Nicole Meyer, Director of IDA’s Elephant Protection Campaign. “It is clear that Carson & Barnes Circus wants to rid itself of this elephant and that the Bowmanville Zoo plans to use him as a moneymaker, as it already does with the zoo’s sole female elephant, Limba.”

In comments directed to the USFWS, IDA asserts the following:

  • The transfer could be detrimental to the elephant’s health and welfare.
  • The elephant will be used for commercial purposes, in violation of the U.S. Endangered Species Act and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.
  • The permit application fails to demonstrate how the transfer will enhance the survival of the species or provide any benefit for Asian elephants in the wild.
  • The permit application appears to contain false statements of material fact.
  • The elephant in question could pose a possible public safety and animal welfare risk due to possible exposure to tuberculosis.
  • The Bowmanville Zoo and the Calgary Zoo have entered into a vague agreement to use the elephant for breeding, yet this is unnecessary, since the Calgary Zoo has a viable male and is ending its elephant exhibit.

“This proposed transfer is yet another example of how elephants are treated as a commodity within the zoo and circus industries, clearly illustrating how the two exploitive industries are in bed with each other to promote their own agendas at the expense of these vulnerable animals,” said Meyer.

Copies of IDA’s comments to the USFWS, letter to the Canadian Minister of the Environment, and supportive documentation are available upon request.

150 Responses to “IDA Urges Authorities to Deny Permit to Export Circus Elephant”

  1. March 21, 2013 at 1:14 am, Solan said:

    stop !! Des éléphants dans les cirques !!
    Help ,pour Tania ex Samba ! Tania est une éléphante d’Africa,elle a été
    capturée au Kenya .En 2003 ,One Voice a lancée ,une campagne ,pour sa
    libération,mais Tania est toujours dans le cirque !! L’international Cirque d’Europe
    Propriétaire mr Max Aucante
    Tania travaille dur !! Elle est humiliée !
    Tania ex Samba son histoire ,photos dans One Voice France

  2. March 02, 2013 at 1:25 pm, Penny Core said:

    I’m concerned what will happen to this elephant if it is not transferred to the Canandian Zoo. There is a santuary in Tennessee that is home to several elephants who seem to be living out their lives in comfort and freedom. Again, what is the Circus’ intent if the elephant is not transferred.

  3. March 01, 2013 at 6:05 pm, Julia Richardson said:

    Please do not allow this to happen. It is inhumane. Let the elephant go to PAWS or another similar organization and retire so the animal can live free.

  4. March 01, 2013 at 5:08 pm, Cindy Wines said:

    Let’s hope we can get ALDF involved to sue and make sure this does not happen. Elephants are live creatures with brains, flesh and blood. They are not chess pieces to be moved around based on breeding or entertainment purposes. WHEN will they get the 3 eles transferred from the Toronto Zoo to PAWS????

  5. March 01, 2013 at 4:16 am, BLANC Jocelyne said:

    ok. Do what is the best for the welfare of this elephant !!!

  6. February 28, 2013 at 8:14 pm, SILVIA said:

    IS ENOUGHT!
    WE NEED TO STOP CRUELTY TO ANIMALS1

  7. February 27, 2013 at 4:39 am, Marg Buckholtz said:

    This wonderful intelligent animal is “owned” by Miller Equipment Company!? How revealing that language is! The notorious Bowmanville Zoo, which is in the same category as Marineland, should not be allowed to purchase this elephant.

  8. February 26, 2013 at 2:30 pm, Donnaa Damzelle said:

    Give me a place to petition on their behalf, just blogging about it, does not help me to help them!!!

  9. February 26, 2013 at 1:23 pm, Deb Ellison said:

    Absolutely ridiculous. Its time zoos are shut down, they are sad, antiquated institutions of lonliness, abuse, neglect and unhappiness for most animals. Close it down, no one wants to go to a place where it makes them depressed to see beings in captivity. Don’e humans use captivity as a form of punishment against our own species?
    Get with the times, its time to end these useless venues. Most parents are realizing now what they really are and don’t want to educate their children to abuse animals.. depressing, sad and no longer viable.

  10. February 26, 2013 at 12:12 pm, Tory Braden said:

    So wrong Just another piece of furniture moved around, not a life to these people. APHIS! Start taking responsibility for the actual welfare of the animals with whom you are entrusted.

  11. February 26, 2013 at 11:45 am, Carol Hoke said:

    I strongly support the IDA’s request that you prohibit the export of a bull elephant from the United States to a Canadian zoo!

    In Defense of Animals (IDA), an international animal protection organization headquartered in California with more than 100,000 supporters, is calling on the Canadian Minister of the Environment and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) to deny a permit for the export of a U.S.-based circus elephant to a zoo in Canada.

    The Bowmanville Zoo, near Toronto, Ontario, filed a request to import a bull elephant from the Miller Equipment Company, which operates the Carson & Barnes Circus based in Hugo, Oklahoma. IDA reviewed the permit application and has grave concerns about the intentions of both parties and for the welfare of the elephant.

    “IDA strongly believes that this proposed transfer in the name of breeding and conservation is speculative, unsubstantiated, and a ruse,” said Nicole Meyer, Director of IDA’s Elephant Protection Campaign. “It is clear that Carson & Barnes Circus wants to rid itself of this elephant and that the Bowmanville Zoo plans to use him as a moneymaker, as it already does with the zoo’s sole female elephant, Limba.”

    In comments directed to the USFWS, IDA asserts the following:

    The transfer could be detrimental to the elephant’s health and welfare.
    The elephant will be used for commercial purposes, in violation of the U.S. Endangered Species Act and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.
    The permit application fails to demonstrate how the transfer will enhance the survival of the species or provide any benefit for Asian elephants in the wild.
    The permit application appears to contain false statements of material fact.
    The elephant in question could pose a possible public safety and animal welfare risk due to possible exposure to tuberculosis.
    The Bowmanville Zoo and the Calgary Zoo have entered into a vague agreement to use the elephant for breeding, yet this is unnecessary, since the Calgary Zoo has a viable male and is ending its elephant exhibit.
    “This proposed transfer is yet another example of how elephants are treated as a commodity within the zoo and circus industries, clearly illustrating how the two exploitive industries are in bed with each other to promote their own agendas at the expense of these vulnerable animals,” said Meyer.