Exposing Garden Bros Circus
Earlier this week, we took a stand against animal abuse at the Garden Bros Circus. We held a protest in front of the Jacksonville Equestrian Center, and one of our investigators went inside to obtain footage. We are surprised that this circus is still allowed to operate.
We will not sit back and let the abuse continue. Elephants, camels, and horses deserve a better life than this!
Garden Bros. Circus has the honor of being dubbed the "worst circus" due to numerous U.S. Department of Agriculture reports of animal mistreatment and neglect. This year Garden Bros has partnered with fellow animal abuser Larry Carden. Larry Carden owns and handles Bo and Betty two Asian elephants. Larry comes with a long rap sheet of federal animal-welfare violations. Garden Bros. and it's animal contractors have received over a hundred citations from the USDA for mistreatment of the performing animals in their care.
We have been investigating both the Garden Bros Circus and Larry Carden for years and have witnessed the animal abuse first hand. Aside from animal abuse, this circus has also been denied permits in Canada, and Georgia for recurrent tent collapses. A snapped safety net that caused a performer to fall into the crowd, and circus employee shootouts. Local newspapers across the U.S. have reported outstanding debts when Garden Bros. left town, and several states have sued for "deceptive" business practices.
The public is becoming increasingly aware of the abuse and corruption involved in the circus and other animal entertainment industries. It's time for Jacksonville to join the growing number of cities and states to ban animal circuses. Stay tuned for our new campaign in 2020 to take them down.
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OneProtest's Executive Director, Adam Sugalski at Jacksonville's 2019 Garden Bros Circus protest.