Since this video documentation was taken in 2018, Viola & Isa are STILL on the road performing and giving rides.
Letter to Charlotte, NC Mayor and City Officials: Ban Wild & Exotic Animals in Traveling Animal Acts
UPDATE! SUCCESS! Charlotte bans wild, exotic animals in circuses and traveling shows City Council approved the ban in a 7-5 vote after nearly two hours of debate and public comments. Read more: Link to full article Dear Mayor Lyles, City Councilpersons, City Attorney, City Manager, and City Clerk: At Free All Captive Elephants, Inc. we support a FULL BAN on wild and exotic animals. What is the purpose of a bull hook ban that is not clearly written or enforced? It is left up to interpretation and often is very “gray” in nature. The purpose is convoluted and often does not carry out the purpose of the intended ordinance. Please consider enacting a “Nosey’s Law” S1093, type law, passed in New Jersey in December of 2018, where wild and exotic animals are prohibited from performing in traveling animal acts. Not only New Jersey, being the first state to enact such a law, but many other states, towns, cities and counties have enacted laws to prohibit wild and exotic animals from traveling animal acts. https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2018/Bills/PL18/141_.HTM This law was implemented to protect wild and exotic animals from the inherent abuse while traveling with circuses throughout New Jersey. It should be a federal law given the documentation of proof via undercover video of these traveling circuses of the many violations of the Animal Welfare
Bo is now a FREE elephant! Carol Buckley has managed to communicate with George Carden of Carden International Circus and make a deal to bring Bo to her sanctuary in Georgia. Elephant Refuge North America (ERNA). Bo is a bull elephant previously owned by George Carden. Bo has arrived at SANCTUARY! Sharing Bo’s arrival at ERNA. I know everyone will have and share their opinions. Bo is NEVER going to be hauled around and chained up in the circus ever again. We are overjoyed for him. He will enjoy his new and well deserved life in sanctuary. We are so very grateful to Carol Buckley for doing what she had to do to get Bo free. Understanding the ways of the circus to enable the situation to occur is something that needs to be considered. Otherwise what would the Carden Circus do with them?? Circuses are on their way out. They cannot afford to keep the animals any longer. States, cities, and counties across the nation are passing laws banning the use of wild & exotic animals. The circuses have less and less venues to go to therefore making less income. Because of grass roots advocacy, awareness and education, circuses are going to be a thing of the past very soon. That, we can all smile about. BUT! Every day