Animal rights organization PETA is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for additional eyewitness testimony that leads to the conviction of an alleged elephant beater.
One witness reported that a circus elephant handler beat an elephant while she had four children on her back. The elephant was hit hard three times until she screamed; so hard that the whacks were audible. The witness reported that the handler used a bullhook, which is illegal in Ohio.
No arrests have been made, so PETA is investigating the incident. It occurred on August 8 at the Kelly Miller Circus in Point Place.
This is not the first time Kelly Miller exhibitors were reported for abusing animals. Earlier this summer, reports that a camel and several zebras--including a baby--were whipped, and a small dog and tiger were hit on the face. The elephant handler was from Carson & Barnes Circus, which supplies the elephant acts for Kelly Miller Circus, and according to PETA, both circuses have racked up other violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act, including inadequate veterinary care and public endangerment.
Anyone who witnessed the elephant beating on August 8 is asked to email PETA at BullhookReward@peta.org
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