Written by Jeff Mackey
Update (April 8, 2013):
Following PETA's complaint that Ramos Bros. Circus was exhibiting exotic
animals in Moreno Valley without a USDA license, Moreno Valley Animal Services "ordered
the circus to stop this activity at the Moreno Valley site" until it has
the proper federal permits.
Originally posted on April 5, 2013, at 10:10 a.m. ET:
PETA is calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
and Moreno Valley, California, officials to stop
performances by an unlicensed animal exhibitor. On April 2, the USDA canceled the
Ramos Bros. Circus' license to exhibit animals—without this license, it is
illegal to exhibit animals. Yet Ramos Bros. is performing in Moreno Valley, in violation of federal law.
The circus's disregard for the law is nothing new: The USDA
has previously cited Ramos Bros. for operating without a license. Last year, when
Ramos Bros. illegally exhibited exotic animals in Corona, California, PETA
notified city officials, who took immediate action, ordering the circus to remove the prohibited animals
from the city.
Ramos Bros. has a horrible track record when it comes to taking
care of animals. In January, the USDA issued it a warning for violating the
Animal Welfare Act after a 4-year-old camel ran into the street, endangering
both herself and others. PETA has received numerous reports that Ramos Bros. ties
animals up so tightly that they cannot stand, forces them to live in urine- and
feces-covered enclosures, and fails to provide them with adequate water and
The abuse of animals is not entertaining. Please enlist everyone you can to help us
end cruelty to animals in circuses and enjoy animal-free
Written by Michelle Kretzer
After hearing from PETA, the city of
Corona, California, ordered the Ramos Bros. Circus to halt its illegal display
of exotic animals immediately.
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PETA received several calls from
members telling us that Ramos Bros. was displaying exotic animals,
including zebras and camels, which is illegal in Corona. We promptly contacted
the city, which sent an inspector to the circus. After the inspector
confirmed that Ramos Bros. was illegally displaying exotic animals, the city
ordered the circus to remove the animals or be shut down, noting that Ramos
Bros. had previously been informed of the prohibition on displaying exotic
The U.S. Department of Agriculture
has repeatedly cited Ramos Bros. for violations of the Animal Welfare Act, and
numerous citizens have called PETA to report disturbing abuse that they
witnessed, including observing a large number of scars on animals' bodies and
seeing animals confined to cramped, filthy enclosures with no access to water
This victory sends a strong message
to cruel circuses that abuse won't be tolerated. Join PETA's Action Team today to help enact a similar ban and work to help animals
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