Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Feld Entertainment, A Circus Production Company Agrees To Pay $270,000 In Violation Of The Animal Rights Act

Corporation admitted no wrong doing, but agreed to pay penalty and to train all employees who handle animals.

By H. Nelson Goodson
November 29, 2011

Washington, D.C. - On Monday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported that Feld Entertainment, Inc., which operates the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, had reached a settlement agreement and paid a civil penalty of $270,000 for alleged violations of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) dating from June 2007 to August 2011, according to a news release from the USDA. Under the agreement, Feld also did not admit to any wrong doing.
Feld waived the opportunity for a hearing and agreed to develop and implement annual AWA compliance training for all employees who work with and handle animals, including trainers, handlers, attendants and veterinarians starting March 31, 2012. and to establish an AWA compliance position on its staff by February 28, 2012.
All Feld employees who will work with and handle animals must complete the training within 30 days being hired.
The USDA investigation resulted from unannounced inspections and citizen complaints of animal mishandeling by workers at the circus.

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