Thank you for focusing some attention on PETA's efforts to expose the cruelty behind the Big Top (Aug. 30). Despite the predictably self-serving claims made by Ringling, Jewel was watched by U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors who noted her stiff gait for the entire time period they observed her.

Readers who would like to find out more are welcome to visit www.Circuses.com.

RaeLeann Smith

Circus specialist

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

Norfolk, Virginia