Activists accuse Ringling Brothers of “over the top cruelty”

NEW JERSEY (PIX11)- A rally outside of the Izod Center with a backdrop of these large screens showing undercover video, in it, you see elephants getting beaten during circus training.

According to PETA, and Friends of Animals United in New Jersey this video was enough to spark outrage among the animal activist community.

“We have videos that their own employees have come forward to show us” said protester Cheryl Spender.

For one of the most beloved traveling circus shows of all time, many fans were surprised to learn about the USDA fine seeking 270-thousand dollars against the owner of the Ringling Brothers Circus.

Back in 2011 the company agreed to pay the fine to settle allegations about breaking federal, animal-welfare laws.

The Department of Agriculture announced it was the largest ever animal cruelty fine to date.

“The elephants are beaten every single day. Their tigers are whipped. They have lions that have baked to death because they don’t care for the animals properly…Ringling has lost 30 elephants in the last 20 years.”

Spokesmen from the circus owning company said when the fine was announced that they do not admit to breaking any laws and agreed to the settlement simply resolve its differences with the USDA

But for today the past still lingers and according to protesters this video doesn’t lie.