In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a circus camel began bucking during an intermission at the Shrine Circus as it carried two children and an adult. All together six children and an adult were injured, causing guests to flee from the PPG Paints Arena. One child suffered a broken arm.
According to Pittsburgh Post Gazette, the incident, captured on video while people had been purchasing rides on tethered camels, ponies and elephants being ushered around the stage area by handlers, occurred when a child threw a shovel used to clean up after the animals, at the camel’s feet. At that moment, the scared circus camel bucked, although he was brought under control quickly.
“Ladies and gentlemen, remain calm, please. Please remain calm. No unnecessary movement. Slowly leave the arena floor if you feel safer. We are looking for a medic, an EMT,” the announcer at the circus stated during the recorded video.
None of the circus animals were reported to have been injured, and authorities are reviewing the incident. The Humane Action Pittsburgh, a coalition of citizen lobbyists dedicated to advancing animal protection through legislation and policy, issued their statement concerning the disturbing situation which included in part:
“We are saddened to hear of the incident that took place today at PPG Paints Arena with the Shrine Circus, but not at all surprised. Animal circuses, especially those whom the Syria Shrine Circus subcontracts their animals from, have a long history of animal abuse and public safety violations.”
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Deputy Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement criticized the use of wild and exotic animals and called on the Syria Shriners to put an end to using animals forced to perform in circuses.
Check out the video recorded by Nay Owens as she and her daughter were too close for comfort.
“Y’all I can’t even lie I’m a lil in shock like me n my daughter were standing right there. I was jus letting her walk, good thing not to far from me cuz I grabbed her quick.”
Animal advocates continue to use graphic examples like these to urge the public never to buy tickets to any circus that uses animals in their acts.
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