While talented tightrope walkers, trapeze artists, contortionists, acrobats, fire-eaters, and others wow audiences with dazzling performances in thriving, progressive, human-only circuses, Carden Circus is still exploiting elephants, camels, and other animals.
Carden Circus is one of several similarly named companies, all run by members of one notorious family that has a lengthy history of citations for violating the federal Animal Welfare Act, such as for keeping tigers in tiny cages for up to 24 hours and failing to provide adequate veterinary care to elderly elephants with cracked toenails and apparent arthritis. Elephants exhibited by Carden have tested positive or reactive on blood tests for tuberculosis (TB), a disease that can be spread to humans. On multiple occasions, the Carden family has been barred from performing with elephants due to the risk of infecting the public with TB.
In September 2021, an elephant named Bo, who had long been exploited by the Carden family, was retired to a sanctuary in Georgia. He now has the opportunity to roam, forage, and explore a naturalistic habitat. The remaining elephants—Betty, Janice, Vickie, and Cindy—deserve to live out their lives in peace, too.
Animal acts are a cruel relic of the past, and there’s no better proof than the reinvention of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus without animals. Although the world is changing around it, Carden Circus persists in forcing animals to perform confusing and often painful tricks. Please urge it to nix its cruel acts and send the animals to reputable sanctuaries.