13 April 2011

Pink asks President Obama to take action against Ringling

As a long time, avid Pink fan, I can easily recall the release of her 2006 album, “I’m Not Dead,” and the swelling of pride and admiration when first hearing her serenading George W. with the help of the Indigo Girls requesting a walk and some conversation in the song, “Dear Mr. President.” The song showcased a beautiful melody and exquisite harmonies between the ladies, but at its core, it highlighted Pink’s brazen demand for honesty, the demand for which she won my and millions of other fan’s reverence. And she has done it again.

Working alongside PETA, Pink has petitioned President Obama and the Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack to prosecute three specific cases involving Ringling's illegal conduct, in which animals in their custody were either injured or died. The cases include a lion who perished in a boxcar while traveling through the Mojave Dessert, a baby elephant who was killed during a violent training session in which workers used ropes and bull hooks to force him to stand on a circus pedestal, and another elephant who was beaten to death with a bull hook while chained by two legs.

Pink aptly notes that in 2006 Obama, “made an inquiry to the USDA, on behalf of your constituents, regarding the status of three cases of egregious cruelty by Feld Entertainment (Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus). At that time, you were assured that the USDA would ‘pursue appropriate enforcement action’ in all three cases. However, the USDA's Office of the General Counsel has yet to take enforcement action of any kind, and evidence of Ringling's cover-ups, interference with investigations, and tampering with evidence are contained in the USDA's own records and in sworn testimony.” She goes on to request that a member of the White House staff meet with PETA to discuss these cases and concludes that, “The USDA's Office of the General Counsel must be held accountable in the performance of its duties and the promise that animal protection will be secured under the law.”

Here’s hoping that President Obama will take a walk with Pink.

Erica Settino
Erica Settino is the co-founder and executive director of the non-profit organization, Karuna For Animals: Compassion In Action, Inc. A long time vegetarian turned passionate vegan, she works tirelessly to educate others on the countless benefits of adopting a vegan diet. For more information about Erica and her work visit karunaforanimals.com.

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