Irem Shrine Circus Elephant Killed Trainer in Accident
Irem Shrine Circus Trainer Killed by Elephant
A circus trainer was killed by an elephant at the Irem Shrine Circus in Wilkes-Barre on Friday, April 9. The elephant kicked the circus trainer at around 5 p.m. because it was somehow startled, reported Wilkes-Barre police. The elephant trainer was thrown about 20 feet, and died from traumatic arrest.
The accident took place at a secure area where elephants are kept, at the 109th Armory in Wilkes-Barre, reported WNEP-TV. The identity of the trainer has not being released.
The Irem Shrine Circus shows were held at the 109th Artillery Armory at Kingston, PA, from April 5 to April 10. The performance has been an annual tradition for years in Wilkes-Barre.
Animal rights activists have been protesting outside of the Irem Shrine Circus. They advocate for circus performance without the animals.doing "demeaning acts".
They point out people who wish to work in the circus as clowns, acrobats or other performers are there voluntarily, unlike the animals, which have no choice.