The family-owned New York Equestrian Center announced earlier this month that it will no longer be renting
space to Piccadilly Circus.
The center, which celebrated its grand opening in April, was informed of the ongoing investigations of Piccadilly Circus by
Long Island Orchestrating for Nature (LION), an active animal advocacy group on
LION informed the equestrian center that exhibitors
of animals at Piccadilly Circus have not only failed to meet minimum federal
standards for the care of animals used in exhibition as established in the
Animal Welfare Act (AWA) on numerous occasions, but have even been implicated
in equine abuse.
Most recently, on
Dec. 5, 2012, the USDA issued an official warning to Piccadilly general
manager Zachary Garden for violating federal regulations while traveling with
Piccadilly Circus by failing to handle animals properly, resulting in the death
of an equine, a zebra.
Piccadilly Circus and general manager Zachary Garden are being investigated for
the beating of Ziggy the zebra (on April 11, 2013), along with other offenses,
just one week before they performed in St. James on Long Island.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
(PETA) filed this complaint with the USDA based on the sworn affidavit of a
After LION’s President John Di Leonardo
presented New York Equestrian Center owner Alex Jacobsen with
facts about the circus, as well as the current investigations of the circus,
shows were immediately canceled.