Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Firm Pays $16,000 Fine to Settle Complaint Alleging Mishandling of Moolah Circus Elephants

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Firm Pays $16,000 Fine to Settle Complaint Alleging Mishandling of Moolah Circus Elephants

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ST. CHARLES * An Oklahoma circus company that worked on the 2014 Moolah Shrine Circus has paid $16,000 to settle a federal complaint alleging it mishandled three elephants that got loose on the Family Arena parking lot.

The Department of Agriculture said Carson and Barnes Circus Co., which leased the elephants to another firm that ran the circus, agreed to the penalty last month.

The penalty is included in a consent decree and order . The company neither admits nor denies the allegations.

A department spokeswoman said the same complaint remains pending against the circus operator, Florida-based Royal Hanneford Circus. The Moolah organization is not mentioned .

The complaint alleged the two circus companies "willfully violated" regulations by failing to ensure the route to the enclosure outside the arena was safe and that the animals could get there without stress or harm. …

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