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ASPCA pays circus $9.3 million to settle suit related to elephant litigation

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The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has agreed to pay the parent company of the Ringling Bros. Circus $9.3 million to settle allegations that the animal group conspired to pay a witness for false testimony in a 12-year lawsuit over the treatment of circus elephants.

Feld Entertainment, the circus’s operator, said Friday that the settlement resolves the ASPCA’s part in paying Tom Rider, the star witness procured by a larger group of animal advocacy organizations, to testify falsely about abuse he claimed to have witnessed at the hands of circus trainers. That lawsuit was first brought into federal court in 2000.

The payment releases the ASPCA from liability related to a racketeering counter-suit Feld brought against the animal organizations in 2007 after documents turned over in discovery showed that the plaintiffs made payments — often through a nonprofit managed by their lawyers — to Rider.



  1. Buck Ofama

    December 29th, 2012

    Remember this next time you see their PSA’s on TV or hear them on radio. This will be where your donations go.

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  2. cfm990

    December 29th, 2012

    I’ve said this before. These people are only interested in high profile, low risk, photo ops. Given the amount of money they posses. They could hire private investigators to unmask dog fighting rings. Trouble is, dog fighters ain’t nice, nor are they law abiding. Fund raising, is their objective.

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  3. Edith McCrotch

    December 29th, 2012

    Progressive’s lion to make a push their agenda?

    That’s otterly ridiculous.

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  4. thirdtwin

    December 29th, 2012

    The ASPCA, and the Humane Society, are good illustrations of Conquest’s 2nd Law of Politics…maybe even his 3rd Law of Politics.

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  5. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    December 30th, 2012

    The ASPCA has done a lot of good work but it’s beginning to look like they’ve been taken over by PETA types.

    The one to beware of is the Humane Society of the U.S. It is a shadow fundraising organization for left-wing political orgs including the DemocRAT party.


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  6. Poontanger

    December 30th, 2012

    Now they need to dump a few tons of Elephant SHIT aka ( dung ) in all the ASPCA offces . So the Democrats will have something to eat Po bastids LOL.

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