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3/13/09: Unchain Tina, Jewel And Queenie
LEFT: Tina and Jewel with Cole Bros. Circus. RIGHT: Queenie gives rides.
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Chester A. Gipson, D.V.M., Deputy Administrator
4700 River Road, Unit 84
Riverdale, MD 20737-1234
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Dear Dr. Gipson and Secretary Vilsack:
You are likely aware of the 3/7/09 incident involving circus elephants in
Indianapolis, Indiana. One elephant head butted another into a scaffold as
people waited in line for elephant rides with the Murat Shrine Circus. The
metal structure caved in. An adult and 12 children were injured.
It could have been worse. From 1990 to 2008, captive elephant incidents in
the U.S. have led to 13 human deaths and 120 human injuries.
Shockingly, the Murat Shrine Circus resumed elephant rides at intermission.
The elephants under Will Davenport’s direction for the Murat Shrine Circus
included Tina, Jewel and Queenie. The three have shown aggression in the
past. Moreover, the USDA has continually cited the Davenport family for
inhumane treatment and lack of veterinary care to elephants.
When will the USDA finally seize Tina, Jewel and Queenie to retire them to a
sanctuary? Please facilitate their reprieve from chains and bullhooks — and
protect the public from captive elephant rampages. In addition, I urge you
to revoke Will Davenport’s USDA exhibitor license.
Davenport was ordered out the City of Los Angeles in April 2008, due to his
history of animal cruelty. In 2007 Tina and Jewel were so underweight, the
USDA took them off the travel circuit. Presently, the USDA is investigating
the Davenport family for violations of the Animal Welfare Act. U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service is looking into their alleged breach of the federal
Endangered Species Act.
Tina, Jewel and Queenie have suffered extreme physical and psychological
stress while leased from circus to circus over the years. In 2007, Tina and
Jewel were photographed on a nearly shade-less cement slab engulfed in
debris. Underweight and without access to water, they rocked back and forth.
I strongly encourage the USDA to clamp down on alleged animal abusers like
Will Davenport. Please also remove Tina, Jewel and Queenie from travel,
shows or rides. After suspect Tuberculosis test results on Jewel and
numerous wounds congruent with ankus abuse — it is well past time to
authorize their release to an accredited sanctuary.
I sincerely hope this administration breathes new life into the “animal
care” arm of USDA-APHIS.
SOURCE OF INFORMATION / REFERENCE LINKS
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