The Wednesday December 16 Washington Post has an article by David
Montgomery titled, "PETA, Ringling Bros. at odds over the treatment of baby
circus elephants." (Page C1.) The article shares shocking information given
to PETA by a Ringling Brothers elephant trainer shortly before he died, and
is accompanied by disturbing photos.
We learn that the
trainers' wife had, on her deathbed, asked the trainer to do the right thing
by the elephants. Just months before he died, two years later, the trainer
got in touch with PETA and shared his photos and stories. PETA shared the
photos and a taped interview of the trainer with the Washington Post, as
well as with the USDA.
You'll find the full article on line at
and photos of baby elephants being separated by their mothers and trained
using ropes and sharp bullhooks at