Stop Circus Animal Suffering
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Stop Circus Animal Suffering – ADI Helps 6th Grader Organize Protest of Carson & Barnes Circus in Rockdale, TX


April 15, 2013, LOS ANGELES, CA – Animal Defenders International (ADI) and 6th grader Mia Mowarin are calling on Rockdale, Texas audiences to stay away from Carson & Barnes Circus and avoid supporting an industry that involves cruelty and suffering to animals.


Studies of the use of wild animals in traveling circuses show that circuses cannot meet the physical or behavioral needs of wild animals. Animals are confined in small spaces, deprived of physical and social needs, spending excessive amounts of time shut in transporters. These animals are often seen behaving abnormally; rocking, swaying and pacing, all indicating that they are in distress and not coping with their environment. ADI’s video evidence has shown how these animals are forced to perform tricks through physical violence, fear and intimidation.

Keeping wild animals like lions, tigers, bears and elephants chained and shut in small spaces, then beating them to perform tricks for human entertainment shames us all,” said Matt Rossell, ADI Campaigns Director.


ADI is calling on supporters to join Mia Mowarin and warn audiences of the behind-the-scenes suffering of animals in traveling circuses when Carson & Barnes Circus comes to Rockdale, Texas on Thursday, April 18, 2013.

WHAT:                  Carson & Barnes Circus Protest

WHEN:                  Thursday, April 18th, 3:45pm-4:30pm

WHERE:                Apache Pass

9112 N. FM 908

Rockdale, TX 76567


Local campaigners will be handing out leaflets and informing audiences about the suffering and telling people that the animal circus is no longer acceptable in a modern, advanced society. Circus owners are urged to leave animals out of future productions.


Mia Mowarin:  “They burn their elephants with blow torches, and hurt them with bull hooks, and are cruel and abusive to them. When families find out about the routine abuses that go on behind the scenes at circuses, they will be shocked and will not want to expose their children to this cruelty.

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April 16, 2013
A background check on Carson & Barnes Circus would reveal that they have violated the Animal Welfare Act repeatedly for decades. It is clear that they consider these fines as just the cost of doing business. Welfare Act (AWA)/Stipulations/OK10026_AC_sa_Carson and Barnes_072612_Redacted Final.pdf

The loop holes in the Animal Welfare Act allow circuses like Carson & Barnes who are habitual offenders of the AWA to continue to operate, all they have to do is pay a fine and it goes away. USDA/APHIS link states: “… There are limitations to our regulatory authority. For example, we do not have the authority to issue an overall ban on the use of animals in exhibition….If an investigation results in a determination that… violations occurred, we pursue appropriate enforcement action. In cases of serious or repeat violations, we will seek penalties such as civil penalties….” (search elephant)