Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus shut down, and other circuses are going completely animal-free—but Garden Bros. Circus is still working with disreputable exhibitors that force animals to perform confusing and often painful tricks.Please urge Garden Bros. to join the 21st century by eliminating all animal acts!
Larry Carden, who currently provides elephants Betty and Bo for this circus, has a history of animal-welfare concerns. In 2017, an inspector at a performance featuring these elephants found that they had no water and were forced to stand on concrete, even though they had bruised feet—a very painful condition. Betty is used for rides and forced to perform tricks despite being chronically lame, likely as a result of the prolonged chaining and confinement that most elephants used in the circus endure.
This circus has also been the subject of two whistleblower reports. In 2017, a former employee reported that elephants were jabbed with a bullhook or shocked with a Taser. Earlier, another whistleblower reported that Zachary Garden, the circus's manager, habitually beat animals, withheld food from them, and refused to provide injured and dying ones with adequate veterinary care.
Venues and localities have canceled scheduled performances by Garden Bros., refused to issue it permits, and barred it from performing with wild animals. The circus launched an animal-free unit called The Cirque, and in Canada, it toured without wild animals altogether. Please tell Garden Bros. to follow the lead of modern, animal-free circuses and eliminate its animal acts, highlighting its human talent instead.