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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, bison, 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 by keeping underweight tigers in cages too small for them to turn around in; failing to supply adequate veterinary care to elephants with sores, cracked toenails, and arthritis; and forcing elephants who’ve tested positive for tuberculosis, which can easily be transmitted to humans, to perform.
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.
Carden’s most recent culturally out-of-touch act exploits bison, forcing them to be ridden by humans. Painful metal rings are hooked through their noses, and reins are attached to the rings. Like the elephants, these wild animals are compelled to engage in unnatural behavior under the threat of violence.
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.