oc_weekly_8_3_06 Even the cold hearted U.S. Department of Agriculture was disturbed by PETA’s undercover video of elephants getting beat in the face with bull whips by cruel circus handlers and will be investigating. Ringling Bros. of course denied they mistreat their pachyderms, but the Animal Welfare Institute might disagree. They also filed a lawsuit that is almost nine years in the making against the circus for the harsh treatment of its Asian elephants. Ringling Bros. responded by launching a website for damage control, complete with propaganda video. Final arguments were finally presented in March of this year, but it’s still unclear how the case concluded.

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