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Tuesday, October 25, 2011


Circus coming to Volusia, Flagler despite federal complaint

By JULIE MURPHY, Staff Writer

October 24, 2011

Posted in: East Volusia -Flagler

Cole Brothers Circus is coming to Palm Coast and Daytona Beach as it faces a federal complaint over the handling and care of elephants and other animals once used in its shows.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which inspects circus animals, filed a complaint in July against Cole Brothers Circus, its president, Clyde Beatty Circus and an animal exhibitor in the shows. From 2006 to 2010, they failed to provide adequate care and shelter for elephants and employed a handler who lacked adequate training in handling tigers, among other violations, the complaint says.
Circus officials say the handlers and animals mentioned in the complaint no longer perform in the circus, and the animals were not under the control of Cole Brothers Circus.
"We are confident we will be cleared of these charges," said Cole Brothers' vice president Renee Storey by phone recently. "The allegations have nothing to do with us." read more:
http://www.news-journalonline.com/news/local/east-volusia/2011/10/24/circus-coming-to-volusia-flagler-despite-federal-complaint.html

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