Kinship Circle: LETTER/ Deliver Tina And Jewel From Lifelong Abuse

September 13th, 2007 10:23 am by Kelly Garbato

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Date: Sep 11, 2007 7:34 PM
Subject: LETTER/ Deliver Tina And Jewel From Lifelong Abuse

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1. 9/11/07: Conscious When Cut: Horror On Deer Kill Floor
2. 9/11/07: Deliver Tina And Jewel From Lifelong Abuse
3. 9/11/07: Target: HLS Shareholder Wachovia

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9/11/07: Deliver Tina And Jewel From Lifelong Abuse
KINSHIP CIRCLE ACTION CAMPAIGN
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SOURCE OF INFORMATION:

Urge the USDA to Confiscate Ailing Elephants Tina and Jewel
http://getactive.peta.org/campaign/tina_and_jewel

Tina and Jewel: Caught in the web of circus industry neglect and abuse
http://www.helpelephants.com/feature_070905.html

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Chester A. Gipson, D.V.M., Deputy Administrator
USDA-APHIS-AC
4700 River Rd., Unit 84
Riverdale, MD 20737-1234
ph: 301-734-7833
fax: 301-734-4993
email: chester.a.gipson [at] usda.gov

DVM Deputy Administrator Chester Gipson:

I respectfully ask USDA to seize Asian elephants Tina and Jewel and relocate them to a sanctuary as soon as possible. Please transfer the elephants to The Elephant Sanctuary where they may obtain appropriate nutritional/veterinary treatment from professional elephant caretakers.

As you know, Tina and Jewel have been under Cole Bros. Circus contract to perform at fairs and other venues. Now in their forties, they’ve spent their lives in chains, shackles, and grueling training sessions. In fact, USDA fined Cole Bros. $10,000 for tormenting its elephants with bullhooks.

Circumstances have worsened for Tina and Jewel. A complaint filed with USDA describes Jewel as emaciated. I thank USDA for subsequently withdrawing both elephants from road performances and identifying travel stress for Jewel as “detrimental to her health…”

In 2006 Cole Bros. leased Tina and Jewel to Gigi’s Exotics, and its proprietress Gigi Davenport, in Leggett, Texas. USDA inspection reports show a disturbing recurrence of Animal Welfare Act violations at this facility. One record “determined that both elephants showed an alarming amount of weight loss.”

As recently as July 25, 2007, photographic evidence revealed elephants subsisting in a filthy setting. Tina and Jewel were seen on a nearly shade-less 12′ x 24′ cement slab amid electrified wire, building debris and charred trash. Both appeared underweight with no access to water or adequate food sources. They displayed stereotypical neurotic actions such as rocking.

These animals are STILL at the Leggett property, housed in an area less than an acre in space and under the “care” of individuals cited for failure to provide sufficient veterinary aid. They are still with handlers documented for unsafe and inhumane procedures with elephants. Furthermore, I understand USDA has evidence verifying the illegal participation of John Davenport — whose USDA exhibitor license was revoked in 1998.

I encourage USDA to clamp down on alleged illegal activity and deliver Tina and Jewel from ongoing abuse and neglect. Please authorize the release of Tina and Jewel to The Elephant Sanctuary now.

Thank you,

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  1. Smite Me! [.net] » Blog Archive » Business as usual. Says:

    […] Sigh. Over the years, I’ve posted about countless injustices perpetrated against animals and the earth at easyVegan.info. So few of them make their way over here, because…well, because there are so. fucking. many. of them. Each case is as brutal as the next…routine abuses on factory farms, puppy mills, circuses, etc., etc. etc., all dismissed as “business as usual”; the abandonment of companion animals en masse in the wake of war, natural disasters and the mortgage crisis; seals clubbed to death for their fur, wolves shot from the air to “protect” cattle, “poultry” suffocated in the midst of bird flu scares. It’s fucking endless. Each issue is so fucking heartbreaking that, taken as a whole, a particular story has to be damn near crushing before I feel like posting on it over here, on my non-AR blog. Jax’s murder is such a story. […]

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