CONEY ISLAND - Members of PETA claimed Wednesday they captured undercover video of animals being abused by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, which is now located in Coney Island.
The video shows trainers using bullhooks to move the elephants and whipping tigers. Ringling spokesperson Amy McWethy says the company is investigating the validity of the video and that trainers do use hooks to guide the elephants, but all of the animals are safe and secure.
Some residents say the video has made them second-guess purchasing circus tickets. Local PETA members handed out flyers about the alleged abuse at the box office.
AP wires contributed to this article.