Fatal attack by escaped circus elephant highlights dire need for action
Over the weekend, an elephant called Baby (also known as Benjamin) escaped from Circus Luna/Francordia in Buchen, Germany and fatally injured a 65-year-old man.
Baby is a 34-year-old captive-bred African elephant kept by Andreas Quaiser. Our friends at PETA Germany have advised that Baby has previously injured four people, 3 seriously – with a 12-year-old boy suffering a broken jaw – and that they have been urging for her to be removed from the circus and for criminal proceedings to be taken against them. Since the incident, Baby has been relocated to a safari park but it remains to be seen what action against the circus will be taken.
It has been insinuated by the circus owner Mario Frank that Baby was let out deliberately, a response commonly given by circuses to try and deflect their own responsibilities in caring for and containing their animals. Escapes and injuries regularly occur at animal circuses in Europe and around the world and will continue to take place until the use of animals, particularly wild species, are prohibited.
ADI is working with PETA Germany to secure a wild animal circus ban which will end circus suffering and prevent similar tragedies taking place. The move is supported by the German public, with 82% of those polled for a May 2014 survey agreeing that the circus is no place for wild animals.
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