On August 8th, a woman and her 13-year-old son who were at the Kelly Miller Circus in Point Place, Ohio, witnessed a circus handler beating an elephant (who was even carrying four children on her back at the time!) so severely with a bullhook that she screamed. This is a clear violation of Ohio law, which prohibits not only beating but using “electric or other prods, or similar devices” on animals who are “performing, or being used in any exhibition, show, [or] circus.” The Toledo Area Humane Society (TAHS) has the authority to pursue this case, but is refusing to do so, despite being provided with a sworn affidavit from the witnesses, the police report, photographs and the name of the handler.
Please contact the TAHS now and tell them to press charges and ensure that the abuser is held accountable. WAY TOO MANY abusers get away with their abuse as it is.
If you want to write a paper letter (always good), their address is 1920 Indian Wood Cir, Maumee, OH 43537 and their telephone number (419) 891-0705
And finally, their FB page (although these posts will no doubt be deleted regularly): https://www.facebook.com/ToledoHumane