Dear Editor: In 2011, the Circus World Museum contracted the Leible Family Circus for their elephant act. Recently, the U.S. Department of Agriculture filed a complaint against elephant exhibitor Hugo Leible of the Leible Family Circus alleging numerous willful violations of the Animal Welfare Act. These include repeated noncompliance with the veterinary care, handling, housing and husbandry requirements.
Because of the seriousness of these violations, the Madison Metropolitan School District should reconsider their field trips to Circus World. Traveling circuses contracted by Circus World pose a serious threat to public safety. Keeping wild animals confined, under stress by physical punishment, in dangerously close proximity to the public, could be disastrous to the public and there is no reason the Madison district should put our children in danger. There is no way a teacher or chaperone could protect the children from an elephant on a rampage.