Retire Abused Carson and Barnes Circus Elephants


Target: Owners of Carson & Barnes Circus, Barbara and Geary Byrd

Goal: Remove elephants from circus shows so that they may be released into sanctuaries.

Carson & Barnes Circus has a history of allegedly treating its animals inhumanely. The U.S. Department of agriculture has recently cited the circus for failing to provide one of its elephants with proper veterinary care. The elephant had lost 500 pounds in the previous months. Clearly, a veterinarian should have been called months prior, but Carson & Barnes staff failed to do the moral thing for its animals. This is a blatant disregard for the humane treatment of these majestic creatures.

According to the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), employees of the circus have been caught on camera beating their elephants. The circus’ animal care director was allegedly videotaped “viciously attacking elephants with a bullhook, shocking elephants with an electric prod, and instructing trainers to embed sharp, metal hooks into the elephants’ flesh.” No animal should be treated this way for the sake of entertainment and profit.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circuses have recently decided to retire their elephants from their shows. If these circuses have the ability to do the right thing for their elephants, so should Carson & Barnes. It would be a wise ethical and financial decision to retire their elephants by placing them in sanctuaries where they will be much happier and healthier. Sign the petition below to tell Carson & Barnes that it is time for the circus to make the humane decision and release its abused elephants to an animal sanctuary.


Dear Barbara and Geary Byrd,

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circuses have recently retired elephants formerly used in their shows so that they may be released into sanctuaries. If these circuses have the courage to release their elephants so that they are given a better life, so should you. Elephants do not deserve to be viciously attacked with a bullhook or shocked with an electric prod for the sake of entertainment and profit.

It would be a wise decision to release your elephants into sanctuaries, as consumers appreciate buying socially conscious entertainment and products. By releasing your elephants, you may attract new customers who value the notion that their money is being ethically spent. It is likely that profits will increase if you publicize the compassionate and socially just act of retiring your elephants.

Elephants should not be subjected to abuse for the sake of entertainment and profit. These animals deserve respect just like you and I. In a sanctuary, the elephants will enjoy a better quality of life where they can relish in their freedom. If you truly care for your elephants, you know that they will be much happier in a sanctuary rather than continuing to be part of the circus act. I urge you to do the right thing by retiring all of your elephants to sanctuaries immediately.


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  1. caryl sawyer says:

    Appealing to sociopaths is a useless endeavour. Write to your people in Congress, then call them. They are elected officials and they owe you.

    Do NOT depend on Vilsack & Co to do anything, as they are lazy.

  2. Forcing elephants (or any wild animals) to perform stupid tricks for moronic humans to gawk-at for “entertainment” is something that was relegated to the 19th Century. WAKE UP!! We live in the 21st Century!! Disgusting scenes like this DON’T belong in civilized societies. Release the wild animals to enjoy their lives – in FREEDOM. Or does the USA not believe in freedom any more?

  3. Sam Outhorn says:

    How come such circuses still exist anyway, and ARE ALLOWED to do so?…Backward and sickening!

  4. suzanne muzechuk says:

    circuses, sea world and the like are for profit and profit only. how I would love to see these idiots preform these acts instead of the animals. let them see how they feel. then when the shows are over, chain and pen them in tiny little cages, let them experience what the animals do. sea world is one of the worse . their commercials are designed to attract, what they consider the ignorant of us all and they tell us they love them, what a bunch of b.s. if they really gave a damn about these animals they would retire them to a sanctuary for the rest of their lives to live in peace.

  5. Heather Brophy says:


  6. Kae Blecha, OTR says:

    Call it quits with the animals already. I’m tired of posting leaflets against your little two-bit show and writing letters to the editor, but I’ll keep going as long as you do.

  7. Linda Amundson says:

    I saw that disgusting video of elephants being abused at Carson & Barnes Circus. I believe animal abuse continues to this day.

    Barbara and Geary Byrd, you know that circuses with exotic animals, particularly elephants, are getting less popular every day, with more and more people becoming aware of the daily elephant abuse (and abuse of other animals). Just the lifestyle of traveling across the country nearly daily on trains or whatever means you use, is hard on these animals.

    Time to join modern times and get people with some talent to make a real show and not use stupid tricks for stupid people. There are fewer stupid people going to the circus every day.

  8. Lisbeth Alvarado Sanchez says:

    It breaks my heart to se the abuse that this magnificent animals suffer just for the greed of a few barbaric and inhumane people. They were born free and we must learn to respect that and protect them as well as their habitat.

  9. Release your elephants to a sanctuary, carson and Barnes are just as bad a Ringling Bros and others get a life.

  10. Glen (P.T.) Barnum says:

    Animal rights groups are a bunch of liars. They are nothing but a bunch of radical left wing bleeding heart liberals who want to destroy everything good about America and all of you who believe their lies and deceptions are no better. Have you ever personally witnessed actual circus animal abuse or are you just falling for the lies? These circus haters are taking advantage of your sympathy and ignorance of the facts to get your support. I’ve travelled with circuses and I have never witnessed any cruelty to any animal with any show. Are you going to go to Africa and stop the poaching that kills hundreds of elephants every year to remove their tusks and leave the carcass to rot? Are you going to go to India to stop the expansion of civilization into the tiger’s habitat? Hell no! It’s much easier to support animal rights Nazis like PETA to destroy the American circus. What’s next, zoos, rodeos, your family pets? Are a small handful of animals travelling with a few circuses more important to you than the thousands of unborn and almost born children that are slaughtered in the Planned Parenthood abortion mills? You ignorant bleeding heart liberals are a disgrace to a once great America!!!

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