There were protests over the weekend as Garden Bros. Circus performed at Danbury Ice Arena. Now PETA has reached out to the venue's new owner, Diamond Properties, about not allowing animal circuses to perform there in the future. Bill Diamond said they are proud to align with PETA and its commitment to animal rights causes.
Garden Bros. Circus has an "F" rating from the Better Business Bureau. The company currently using two elephants, even though PETA says one is chronically lame, likely as a result of prolonged chaining and confinement.
In a 2017 whistleblower complaint, a former Garden Bros. employee described frequently seeing elephants with blood dripping from behind their ears. The whistleblower also reported that a camel handler beat, punched, and kicked a camel after a performance.