ARFF has received disturbing video filmed by an audience member during a performance of the Carson & Barnes Circus at the Citrus County Fairgrounds in Inverness on May 18. The video shows elephant handler Chip Arthur striking an elephant in the trunk with a bullhook–a tool that resembles a fireplace poker with a sharp steel hook at the end–and then hooking the elephant under her chin. The video can be viewed on ARFF’s YouTube page.
Similar harsh treatment was caught on film during the circus’ stop at Seminole Towne Center in Sanford on Monday. Click here to view a YouTube video (watch the elephant handler about 2:10 into the video).
Please contact the Citrus County Fair Association and the Seminole Towne Center mall. In light of this evidence of physical abuse of elephants, urge them to reconsider hosting the Carson & Barnes Circus next year.
Larry Rooks, President
Citrus County Fair Association
Phone: (352) 726-2993
Seminole Towne Center
Phone: (407) 323-2262
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