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Animal Rights Groups Respond to Ringling Bros. Elephant's Collapse

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Ringling Bros. is no stranger to accusations of animal cruelty, and we’ve talked about some of the many protests and reactions from animal groups toward this controversial circus.

Now, animal rights organizations are speaking out against Ringling in reaction to an incident involving Sarah, a much-talked-about ailing elephant, on Sunday night in Anaheim, Sarah was being loaded onto a train when she collapsed and fell to the ground, according to activists who caught the fall on camera. According to NBC LA, Ameer Sanghvi described what he saw, “They were struggling to get her on the ramp. She finally managed to get on the ramp and that’s when she collapsed on her back on the gravel with rough rocks on the floor.”

Animal Defenders International (ADI) wants the USDA to check Sarah’s condition , and according to ADI rep Matt Rossell, “Elephants are sure footed. It’s a sign that the sickness that she has is causing her real issues. She should be pulled off the road to get the proper veterinary care that she needs.” They also made reference to earlier examinations completed by veterinarians who found Sarah, along with others, to be ill or injured and improperly cared for. According to PETA, “Just weeks ago, two independent veterinarians with many years of experience with elephants analyzed video footage of Ringling’s elephant walk and opening night performance in Los Angeles and determined that one of the elephants “is clinically lame to the point of being crippled. Her condition is painful and she should not be performing” and another elephant with “a lump on [her] left upper leg demonstrates obvious pelvic lameness.”

Meanwhile, Ringling Bros. is claiming that Sarah is not sick, and simply fell while trying to board the train, and the USDA says that “they have done enough” in regard to Sarah’s condition. What do you think?

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  • Lizetta92

    The evidence the most of them had was not enough preponderous evidence to expose what had happened. The only camera that really had a rear view of what happened was this one girl I knew but by then she only had a caption of it when Sarah had already collasped to the floor. Another woman recorded it as well but it was also too late and the recording was of poor quality. The footage is actually on youtube but like i said she was already on the floor by then.

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