Sunday, July 21, 2002

This newspaper did not do its homework. "Sterling & Reid Bros. Circus has failed to meet minimal federal standards for the care of animals used in exhibition as established in the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has cited Sterling & Reid for failure to provide veterinary care, shelter from the elements, cages that meet minimum space requirements, and sound fencing that protects both spectators and the animals, as well as for giving animals feces-contaminated food and water." Read on here. Pamela Rosaire, visiting her circus daughter, "owns" a troop of young chimpanzees who are forced to wear cowboy outfits and perform stunts on the back of a pony in the Rosaire-Zoppe Chimpanzee Show. She once boasted to a TV reporter that she breast-fed one of the infant chimpanzees (whom she stole from his real mother).

OHIO NEWSPAPER LOVES CIRCUS THAT EXPLOITS EXOTIC BABY ANIMALS

Posted on Sat, Jul. 20, 2002
Circus pets well cared for, loved by their owners
Sterling & Reid workers tell the inside story of pets' lives
Connie Bloom
Beacon Journal

You know a doting mother when you see one, even if she is a he, and even if he is in the circus.

Brian Staples certainly qualifies. He is the 30-year-old ringmaster of the Sarasota, Fla.-based Sterling & Reid Bros. Circus and proud mama to five monkeys. "They're my kids," he said....

"We go to the extreme on animal husbandry,'' he said, contrary to the negative images projected by animal extremists, who force circuses to go on the defensive. That said, he defends this one eloquently....

Two dark eyes and a hairy head peered mischievously through a cage in a trailer next to Staples'. Newton, the chimpanzee, was visiting with his mom, Pamela Rosaire, who came to see her daughter, Dallas Zoppe, who has a dog act in the circus.

Newton made best friends with the smallest monkey in the circus, Chase, the monkey I was holding. "If only I were that handsome,'' said his doting mama.

Connie Bloom is a columnist for the Akron Beacon Journal. You can reach her at cbloom@thebeaconjournal.com, or 330-996-3568.