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Ringling Bros. Elephant Falls and Collapses in Anaheim

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Published on Aug 10, 2011

Sarah, a sick 54-year old Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey elephant, fell down from a ramp and collapsed while being loaded onto a train in Anaheim, CA, after performing at the Honda Center late Sunday, August 7, 2011. Eye witnesses captured the incident on video and notified Animal Defenders International (ADI). Ringling was recently cited by the USDA for violations of the Animal Welfare Act for failing to properly treat Sarah's chronic medical conditions. ADI has filed a complaint with the USDA, asking for Sarah to be taken off the road to get the veterinary attention she needs. ADI is concerned that Ringling is more interested in keeping the "show on the road" than Sarah's welfare. ADI believes Sarah should be retired to a sanctuary. (video courtesy of Ashley Zarate)

Animal Defenders International (ADI) filed a formal complaint calling on USDA Western Regional Director, Robert Gibbens, to check on Sarah, a sick elephant at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performances at the Honda Center in Anaheim. Eye witnesses saw Sarah fall down and collapse while attempting to climb up the ramp onto the train car after leaving the Ringling performances at the Honda Center. The USDA complaint is available upon request.

Sign On San Diego reported that USDA inspectors had cited Ringling Bros. in Colorado Springs for not properly treating Sarah, this same 54-year old Asian elephant who is suffering from a chronic condition with pus-like discharge in her urine.

"Sarah is sick and the stress and fatigue has likely led to this dangerous fall. This elephant needs to taken off the road immediately so she can be properly evaluated and treated by a veterinarian," said Matt Rossell, Campaigns Director for Animal Defenders International. "Many traveling elephants are sick and still forced to perform—and incidents like Sarah's fall, underline the dangers faced by animals chained and caged in this impoverished life on the road."

ADI hosted a protest and education outreach event at the opening night performance of Ringling Bros in Ontario, CA. Local Ontario animal control officers were initially alerted by ADI about Sarah's fall and they said they planned to keep an eye on hee.

Support our campaign to stop circus suffering and help animals like Sarah www.stopcircussuffering.org

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