By Jeff Blatnick As   the   snow   melts   and   spring   is   in   the   air,   the   circus   comes   to   the Al   Bedoo   Shrine Auditorium   in   Billings.   This   event   is   an   annual   fundraiser   for   the   Shrine   and   helps pay   for   operational   costs   of   the   building.   Approximately   3%   of   the   proceeds   go   to the Shriners Hospitals for Children. What   most   people   don’t   know   is   that   the   circus   that   they   hire   has   a   track   record   of violations,   injuries   of   both   human   and   animal,   and   even   leasing   animals   with   a history of aggressive behavior. Before   I   dive   into   the   sorted   history   of   Jordan   World   Circus,   I   would   like   to   make   a few   clarifying   statements.   First   of   all,   I   am   not   accusing   the   Billings   Shiners   of abusing   animals   or   mistreating   them   in   any   way.   The   information   I   am   providing   is of   public   record   and   was   collected   by   the   USDA   during   the   period   of   time   when Jordan world circus possessed an exhibitor license. JWC   is   from   Las   Vegas   and   for   about   20   years   they   were   registered   and   a   licensed   exhibitor   with   the   USDA.   During   this   time, they   failed   to   meet   minimum   federal   standards   for   care   of   animals   and   received   numerous   fines   and   violations. These   violations ranged   from   not   providing   proper   veterinary   care   for   a   malnourished   tiger   with   a   fractured   leg   for   over   a   month   to   animals breaking   loose   and   hurting   trainers   and   attendees.   One   incident   occurred   when   an   elephant   picked   a   trainer   up,   tossed   them, and   then   stepped   on   them.   The   injuries   included   a   broken   arm   and   ribs   that   resulted   in   internal   organ   damage   and   additional injury   to   another   trainer   present.   The   whole   incident   occurred   while   children   were   riding   on   the   back   of   the   elephant.   Another incident   occurred   when   animal   escaped   from   a   cage   and   attacked   a   girl   in   the   crowd.      JWC   also   leased   an   elephant   from Hawthorn   Corporation   that   actually   killed   its   trainer   on   July   24th,   1983   in   Riverside   County   CA.   13   years   later   this   elephant attacked its trainer while giving rides to children. Thousands   of   dollars   in   fines   for   inadequate   shelter,   food,   transportation,   veterinary   care   followed   JWC   everywhere   they   went. After   July   2010   the   circus   decided   to   discontinue   their   exhibitor   license   and   lease   animals   for   their   show.   This   was   an   effort   to evade further fines and infractions given by the USDA during inspections. Circuses   are   a   life   sentence   of   abuse,   confinement,   exploitation,   and   are   unsafe   for   attendees.   Veterinarians   from   Billings   may inspect   the   animals   when   they   come   to   town,   but   what   do   they   really   know   about   the   health   of   an   elephant   or   a   tiger?   What about   the   training   involved   with   the   animal? Tiger’s   teeth   and   claws   are   often   removed   and   elephants   are   forced   to   do   unnatural tricks that damage their body. I   think   that   the   work   that   Shriners   do   for   children   is   honorable   and   commendable   but   I   cannot   support   them   as   long   as   they continue   to   hire   circuses   to   raise   money.   I   am   asking   that   the   Shrine   circus   stop   using   animal   circuses   for   their   fundraisers   and transition   to   fairs   and   carnivals   that   support   local   businesses.   Bill   Cunningham   was   the   largest   Shrine   circus   producer   in   the country   and   transitioned   to   animal   free   events   and   has   found   that   carnivals   and   fairs   are   more   lucrative.   I   want   Shriners   to succeed   and   to   be   sustainable   in   their   mission   and   see   the   end   of   Ringling   Bro’s   Circus   as   a   sign   of   an   end   of   an   era   –   the animal   circus.   Please   join   me   by   boycotting   the   circus,   calling   Billings   Shriners   to   voice   your   opposition,   and   donate   directly   to the clubhouse or the children’s hospital. Together we can usher in a new era and celebrate an exciting new age for the Shriners 
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By Jeff Blatnick As   the   snow   melts   and   spring is   in   the   air,   the   circus   comes to      the      Al      Bedoo      Shrine Auditorium     in     Billings.     This event   is   an   annual   fundraiser for   the   Shrine   and   helps   pay for    operational    costs    of    the building.   Approximately   3%   of the      proceeds      go      to      the Shriners Hospitals for Children. What   most   people   don’t   know   is   that   the   circus   that   they   hire   has a   track   record   of   violations,   injuries   of   both   human   and   animal, and even leasing animals with a history of aggressive behavior. Before   I   dive   into   the   sorted   history   of   Jordan   World   Circus,   I would   like   to   make   a   few   clarifying   statements.   First   of   all,   I   am not     accusing     the     Billings     Shiners     of     abusing     animals     or mistreating   them   in   any   way.   The   information   I   am   providing   is   of public   record   and   was   collected   by   the   USDA   during   the   period   of time when Jordan world circus possessed an exhibitor license. JWC    is    from    Las    Vegas    and    for    about    20    years    they    were registered   and   a   licensed   exhibitor   with   the   USDA.   During   this time,   they   failed   to   meet   minimum   federal   standards   for   care   of animals    and    received    numerous    fines    and    violations.    These violations   ranged   from   not   providing   proper   veterinary   care   for   a malnourished    tiger    with    a    fractured    leg    for    over    a    month    to animals   breaking   loose   and   hurting   trainers   and   attendees.   One incident   occurred   when   an   elephant   picked   a   trainer   up,   tossed them,   and   then   stepped   on   them.   The   injuries   included   a   broken arm   and   ribs   that   resulted   in   internal   organ   damage   and   additional injury    to    another    trainer    present.   The    whole    incident    occurred while   children   were   riding   on   the   back   of   the   elephant.   Another incident   occurred   when   animal   escaped   from   a   cage   and   attacked a   girl   in   the   crowd.      JWC   also   leased   an   elephant   from   Hawthorn Corporation   that   actually   killed   its   trainer   on   July   24th,   1983   in Riverside   County   CA.   13   years   later   this   elephant   attacked   its trainer while giving rides to children. Thousands    of    dollars    in    fines    for    inadequate    shelter,    food, transportation,    veterinary    care    followed    JWC    everywhere    they went.   After    July    2010    the    circus    decided    to    discontinue    their exhibitor   license   and   lease   animals   for   their   show.   This   was   an effort   to   evade   further   fines   and   infractions   given   by   the   USDA during inspections. Circuses   are   a   life   sentence   of   abuse,   confinement,   exploitation, and   are   unsafe   for   attendees.   Veterinarians   from   Billings   may inspect   the   animals   when   they   come   to   town,   but   what   do   they really   know   about   the   health   of   an   elephant   or   a   tiger?   What   about the   training   involved   with   the   animal?   Tiger’s   teeth   and   claws   are often   removed   and   elephants   are   forced   to   do   unnatural   tricks   that damage their body. I   think   that   the   work   that   Shriners   do   for   children   is   honorable   and commendable   but   I   cannot   support   them   as   long   as   they   continue to   hire   circuses   to   raise   money.   I   am   asking   that   the   Shrine   circus stop   using   animal   circuses   for   their   fundraisers   and   transition   to fairs   and   carnivals   that   support   local   businesses.   Bill   Cunningham was    the    largest    Shrine    circus    producer    in    the    country    and transitioned   to   animal   free   events   and   has   found   that   carnivals and   fairs   are   more   lucrative.   I   want   Shriners   to   succeed   and   to   be sustainable   in   their   mission   and   see   the   end   of   Ringling   Bro’s Circus   as   a   sign   of   an   end   of   an   era   –   the   animal   circus.   Please join   me   by   boycotting   the   circus,   calling   Billings   Shriners   to   voice your    opposition,    and    donate    directly    to    the    clubhouse    or    the children’s hospital. Together   we   can   usher   in   a   new   era   and   celebrate   an   exciting new age for the Shriners 
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