USDA Fines Ringling Circus Owner $270,000 Over Animal Treatment
By Chase Purdy
Published: Monday, November 28, 2011 at 6:15 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, November 28, 2011 at 6:15 p.m.
LAKELAND | The USDA on Monday announced a $270,000 fine against the company that owns Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus and an elephant breeding facility in Polk County over its treatment and housing of animals.
The United States Department of Agriculture reached an agreement with Feld Entertainment Inc. in which the company would be penalized for violating portions of the Animal Welfare Act between June 2007 and August 2011.
The citations included ones for animal mistreatment and facility problems. The USDA reported only facility problems at the Polk City site, not animal mistreatment. Read full article here: