>People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has released a video to the media showing what one man, posing as a stagehand for six months, had to witness. As seen in the video the elephants where beat for no reason at all, making seem as if they can’t do anything right.
PETA has filed charges under Animal Welfare Act governed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. PETA also plans to file charges in each of the states where the abuse took place, including New York, when the circus was at Madison Square Garden, in New York City.
From 2005 to 2008 the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s own Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service noted 24 violations of animal mishandling out of 52 inspections.