Feds cite UniverSoul Circus after PETA complaint about tigers

universoul circus tiger
A shot from footage taken in 2011 by PETA showing a UniverSoul Circus tiger with its foot caught in its cage.
Credit: YouTube / PETA

Considering paying a visit to the UniverSoul Circus when it travels to Philadelphia next week?

PETA wants you to think twice.

The animal rights group recently filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture claiming tigers traveling with the UniverSoul Circus “were languishing in undersized metal cages during 90-degree–plus weather.”

The agency then cited UniverSoul exhibitor Mitchel Kalmanson for violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act, alleging he failed to provide the tigers with adequate space and required exercise.

“While UniverSoul’s exhibitors flout the laws written to protect animals, these animals suffer, stored away like inanimate props,” PETA Foundation director of captive animal law enforcement Delcianna Winders said in a statement.

“The suffering endured by these big cats, who spend most of their lives locked up in tiny metal cages, should prompt Philadelphia-area residents to stay away from UniverSoul Circus and all other circuses that use animals.”

According to PETA, Kalmanson’s tiger handler told the USDA inspector they keep the tigers caged 24/7 for at least the four to seven weeks they’re on the road.

Kalmanson was also cited by the USDA in 2011 after the filing of another PETA complaint featuring video footage of a UniverSoul Circus tiger struggling after its foot became pinned underneath a panel of a cage.

He was again cited in April for failing to properly care for a limping tiger, for putting a tiger at risk of strangulation and for denying tigers adequate space and exercise.

Kalmanson was in 2008 ordered to pay a $6,000 penalty for two tiger escapes that took place while exhibiting with UniverSoul.

The circus will be held next Oct. 31 through Nov. 10 at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Mayor announces public housing improvements

Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke at the Lincoln Houses in East Harlem on Wednesday, calling for the scaffolding to come down at NYCHA complexes across…

National

Peter Theo Curtis: American released by Syrian militants…

An American writer freed this week from two years in the captivity of insurgents in Syria spoke briefly outside his family's Cambridge home Wednesday of…

Local

Bratton defends 'broken windows' work as NYPD support…

Sixty percent of those polled said they support the "broken windows" theory approach popularized by Commissioner Bratton since his first term in the 1990s.

Local

Transit changes for Labor Day weekend

The MTA is adding additional service Friday for New Yorkers getting out of the city for the long weekend. On Friday, Aug. 29, 27 additional…

Television

'Full House' might be relaunched with some of…

A new "Full House" might be in the works.

Movies

Review: 'The Congress' is a crazy, unwieldy sci-fi…

Robin Wright is the center of gravity in "The Congress," which turns from a live-action Hollywood satire into an animated spectacular on a downer future.

Movies

Review: 'The Last of Robin Hood' is a…

Dakota Fanning plays Errol Flynn's (Kevin Kline) teenage gal pal in "The Last of Robin Hood," which takes a scandal and makes it dully empathetic.

Movies

Review: The uneven 'Life of Crime' mostly gets…

Elmore Leonard's "The Switch" becomes the new indie crime dramedy "Life of Crime," with Jennifer Aniston as a kidnapped woman whose husband won't pay up.

Sports

Serena Williams leaving legacy of talented American women…

It seems only a matter of when, not if, Serena Williams will win her 18th career grand slam championship.

College

When are 2014 college football playoffs? (Schedule, date,…

When and where are 2014 college football playoffs? A look at the schedule, date, TV, time for the semi-finals at championship game.

NFL

Dimitri Patterson suspended only for rest of preseason…

Dimitri Patterson ended up getting just a slap on the wrist.

Sports

Eugenie Bouchard excited for 'rowdy' fans at US…

Eugenie Bouchard is sure to endear herself to New York's tennis faithful as she tries to win her first grand slam title across the next two weeks.

Sex

The 10 types of people you meet online

Does it ever seem like online dating profiles tend to get a little repetitive? It turns out you are not the only one to have…

Home

Labor Day essentials

Whether you’re soaking up the sun on the beach or barbecuing in the park here are some must-haves for your end-of-summer bash.

Education

Does the school day start too early?

As thousands of high schoolers get ready to head back to class, health experts say it may be time to push back the start of…

Style

Fall 2014 trend: lilac

Push those gray and black sweaters aside and make room for blush and lilac.