Circus, officials say elephant TB claims false

2007-06-14 - Longmont, United States. Pierrette J. Shields

An animal rights group’s claim that a traveling circus’s elephants were quarantined because of potential exposure to tuberculosis are false, say the circus’s owners and federal health officials. Barbara Byrd, co-owner of the Carson & Barnes Circus, said the elephants do not have tuberculosis and are not quarantined. The circus’s 28 elephants are tested for tuberculosis every year per federal regulations, and the elephants have never had a positive test, Byrd said.

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Randy Peterson, head elephant handler for the Carson & Barnes Circus, shows some affection to Ila, one of the three elephants in the traveling circus.

Invitation for activists

2007-06-07 - Longmont, United States. John Fryar and Rachel Carter

Randy Peterson, Carson & Barnes head elephant handler for the circus performing here, says he wishes people concerned about the welfare of the three elephants under his care would see for themselves how the animals are treated. Peterson said it’s unfortunate protesters don’t see what we do 24 hours a day. He has a three-person crew working with him to tend to the three female Asian elephants — Isla, Opal and Ila — that are part of the Carson & Barnes animal menagerie.

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