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A Closer Look (Circus On Trial) #650948

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 19, 2001
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) The issue of the treatment of circus animals introduced.

(Los Angeles: Brian Rooney) Accusations that Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus trainer Mark Gebel abused an elephant featured; scenes and videotape shown of the elephants. [Citizens for Cruelty-Free Circuses Deniz BOLBOL - comments on the "common practice" of abusing elephants.] [Ringling Brothers spokeswoman Catherine ORT-MABRY - says there is a bigger agenda against circuses.] [Former circus worker Tom RIDER - says elephants screamed from being hit.] [Tufts University veterinarian Dr. Paul WALDEAU - cites pain in elephant training.]

Jennings, Peter;
Rooney, Brian

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