Thursday, July 31, 2014


Recently we reported some tragic FIGHTING THAT RUINED THE UNIVERSOUL CIRCUS PARADE IN KANSAS CITY . . . Now there's a report of even more alleged cruelty.

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Here's the note that calls for animal lovers to take notice of an "urgent complaint" against this Kansas City performance.

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Suffering Elephant Should Be Removed From the Circus, Says PETA

Feds Asked to Investigate After Video Footage Reveals Apparent Lameness in Elephant Traveling With UniverSoul Circus

Based on a veterinarian's assessment that an elephant traveling with UniverSoul Circus is suffering from apparently painful lameness likely caused by arthritis, PETA sent an urgent letter this morning asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to investigate the circus—which is performing in Kansas City through August 3—and ensure that no injured or lame animal is forced to perform in violation of the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA).

The veterinarian who reviewed video footage of a UniverSoul performance in Florissant, Mo., last week assessed that the elephant's severely limited motion in her rear limbs is indicative of serious arthritic and degenerative joint disease. The exhibitors providing the elephant to UniverSoul, Jorge and Louann Barreda, have a history of AWA violations: In December, they were cited for failing to provide veterinary care to an elephant who had a swollen, oozing wound on her face. And just last week, PETA sent the USDA an urgent complaint regarding another elephant traveling with UniverSoul, who was apparently suffering from a large lump on her back.

"PETA's motto says, in part, that 'animals are not ours to use for entertainment,' and these elephants' suffering shows why," says PETA Foundation Deputy General Counsel Delcianna Winders. "We're calling on the authorities to make sure that UniverSoul Circus doesn't illegally force ailing animals to perform—and asking anyone who cares about animals to refuse to buy a ticket to UniverSoul's shows."

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PETA's letter to the USDA follows.

July 31, 2014

Robert M. Gibbens, D.V.M.

Western Regional Director


Via e-mail and UPS:

Re: Urgent Request for Inspection of Lame Elephant Exhibited by Jorge and Louann Barreda (58-C-0490)

Dear Dr. Gibbens:

I am writing on behalf of my client, PETA, to follow up on our correspondence last week (complaint number W14-241-E) and to request that the U.S. Department of Agriculture urgently—and again—inspect the elephants exhibited by Jorge and Louann Barreda (58-C-0490) with the UniverSoul Circus (former lic. 57-C-0320) for apparent violations of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA).

An individual has just contacted PETA to report observing a lame African elephant who was exhibited at a UniverSoul performance at the Jamestown Mall in Florissant, Mo., on July 24, 2014. Dr. Philip K. Ensley, a veterinarian with decades of experience working with elephants, reviewed the video footage recorded by the individual and observed that the animal has "serious range of motion limitations" in her rear limbs. He further opined that the elephant likely has serious arthritis and degenerative joint disease.

This elephant appears to require veterinary care, in accordance with 9 C.F.R. § 2.40, and the Barredas must not force an apparently injured elephant to perform. See 9 C.F.R. § 2.131(b)(1) ("Handling of all animals shall be done as expeditiously and carefully as possible in a manner that does not cause trauma … behavioral stress, physical harm, or unnecessary discomfort"); id. § 2.131(d)(1) ("Animals shall be exhibited only for periods of time and under conditions consistent with their good health and well-being").

Please promptly inspect the animals exhibited by the Barredas and UniverSoul and ensure that no injured or lame animal is forced to perform in violation of the AWA. Please also examine the exhibitors' veterinary records and ensure that the elephants are receiving adequate veterinary care, in accordance with 9 C.F.R. § 2.40. Furthermore, I urge you to hold all responsible parties accountable for any and all AWA violations. UniverSoul is scheduled to perform at the Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Mo., through August 3.

Thank you for your attention to this important matter. I can be reached at 202-540-2191 or

Very truly yours,

Brittany Peet


cc: Dr. Denise Sofranko, Field Specialist for Elephants, USDA/APHIS/AC (


Anonymous said...

Shooting an elephant.....

Look at Tony...setting up content for literary analysis and comparison.....

If you are unread and uneducated it is a story by Orwell....see the comparisons between the story and the largely ghetto circus? See the good references? Do you get it?

So Tony went to school and read a few things, congrats...or maybe he never took comp 2 and doesn't know the reference...oh well....

Just like the intellectual salons of Paris in here said...

Wow, so you read an assigned book in high school.

What a seeker of knowledge we have in our midst.

Tell us erudite friend, did you read "On the Road" in college as well?

Anonymous said...

Remove it? They'll chuck spears at the poor thing, then eat it!

Anonymous said...

Elephants do NOT belong in a circus ever. Any circus. It is just cruel.

Polar Bear said...

This is a fucking CLOWN CIRCUS run by a troupe of monkeys. What the fuck are these apes doing with a elephant ?

Pachyderm's do not run with or associate with monkeys. This is a "hate crime" if there ever was. Where the fuck is that worthless ass AG. This cannot stand. The monkeys must be punished.

Planet of the Apes can have a different ending and this one won't be pretty. Clowns thinking they are a CIRCUS. Bull fucking shit.

Anonymous said...

I wish someone would end PETA's sufferng.

Anonymous said...

damn, that bear is rey-cist!

Polar Bear said...

lol....rey-cist..... that's a good one.

Anonymous said...

That elephant needs to be around some compassionate conservatives and get the private care it deserves.

UniverSoul Circus is full of lame-ass donkeys.

Anonymous said...

No, I didn't read on the road. I flunked out on the stoner part of penn valley.

In all seriousness, no I never read that because my friends said it was stupid....and we were in the 7th grade. They all were big catcher in the rye fans in grade 7 though.

No, killing in elephant was in 8th grade, not highschool. When you are a kid Orwell and his concepts were freaky. As you get older you understand it more. The library is a dangerous place for pre-teens because there are so any books with sex in them..and me and my friends were out on a mission to read them all.

Stop being jealous. Having brains and being charming lets me bang your mom. Also my management job at taco bell doesn't hurt either. I know she loves the breakfast waffle taco. I run out and get it for her. Sorry about the syrup all over the bed, FYI. We had some extra. Your mom is a great lady. I can't wait to call you son.

Anonymous said...

12:20: Blather much? WTF?