Posted by | November 30, 2011 10:55 | Filed under: Top Stories

The ASPCA says Ringling Brothers used metal bullhooks and chained legs of elephants when they weren’t performing in order to control them.

Feld Entertainment INC., which produces Ringling Bros’ circuses, has agreed to a $270,000 settlement with the United States Department of Agriculture after it was found they were violating the Animal Welfare Act between 2007 and August 2011.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released a statement.

“This settlement sends a direct message to the public and to those who exhibit animals that USDA will take all necessary steps to protect animals regulated under the Animal Welfare Act,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in the release.

Feld Entertainment officials settled in lieu of a hearing and agreed to implement new training protocols for any circus employees who handle animals, the statement said.

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