Despite receiving multiple animal welfare citations from the USDA, the C&M Circus (Culpepper and Merriweather) travels from town to town in Iowa. He arrived in Oelwein on July 30. This circus company has been cited for failing to provide the animals with shelter from the elements, proper veterinary care, nutrition and handling. Additionally, the USDA had confiscated an underweight tiger cub from the circus. And his license was suspended for six months by an administrative law judge.
Wild animals in circuses are often cramped in tiny cages as they travel thousands of miles across the country.