Archele Hundley- Former Ringling Employee

Archele Hundley–a former Ringling Bros. employee on the animal crew who’s done PSAs for PETA (though, interestingly, is not a PETA member), has spoken in front of various groups about the plight of circus animals, and testified at the big federal lawsuit against Ringling

–discusses her background, including growing up in West Virginia, where her bred horses; addresses her pre-Ringling employment history, including how her work as a federal security guard led to the Ringling job; comments on how quickly, and frequently, Ringling hires its employees, including those on the animal crew; details some of the animal mistreatment and abuse she witnessed, including a horrifying tale of a vicious, prolonged beating of an elephant with a bullhook during a layover in Tulsa; recounts how, as a mother of five, she had often taken her kids to the circus–and stopped once she saw all the animal cruelty, which also prompted her to quit the Ringling stint after two months, and more.

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Duncan Strauss is the producer-host of “Talking Animals,” which he launched at KUCI in California in 2003, combining his passions for animals, radio, journalism, music and comedy. The show has aired since late 2005 on Tampa’s WMNF. Strauss lives in Jupiter Farms, FL with his family, including four cats, two horses and one dog. He spends each day talking to those animals, and maintains they talk right back to him, an as yet unverified claim.

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