Bullhook photograph Bob Poole in ThailandOn 22 July 2009 PETA released new undercover footage of elephants being beaten by employees of Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus. Joyce has made a formal comment on this footage which can be read here: Poole, J. 2009. Statement regarding PETA recent footage Ringling Brothers Circus (93.52 kB)

The footage is completely consistent with the evidence that Joyce reviewed as an expert witness in the legal case against against this circus. The judgement is to be made in the upcoming days. The casual and repetitive manner in which the handlers strike the elephants in this recent footage shows gratuitous violence and demonstrates that such treatment is routine. This cruel and sickening treatment of elephants has no place in the 21st Century.