Who is Vincent Von Duke?
and why can’t he be found under any of these names he uses in USDA’s records?
He is licensed in Florida to operate out of a Sarasota P.O. Box under ESA # 16769 which was issued on 10/2/11 with his location listed as P.O. Box 1418 Sarasota, FL 34230-1418 and a phone number of 941.938.2138. His Florida state license states that he and Georgina Donoho are at 14969 Beckett Road in Seagoville, TX 75159. His email address is listed as email@example.com
In 2004 he reportedly had a USDA license issued to Clyde Bros Johnson Circus Seagoville TX using that same email address above but there is no current USDA license number in that name or any of his other names listed here. He was said by USDA to have had 6 tigers back in 2004.
Despite having a traveling show that appears at second rate fairs there is no explanation for how he is displaying tigers legally. None of the reporters who have covered his appearances have done their homework to find out who he is, whether or not he is actually licensed to be taking tigers out in public and if so, under what name.
On a circus site I was able to discern that Georgina Donoho AKA Pom Pom Donoho was a circus performer and upon searching her name discovered this little old lady has a USDA license in her name 58-C-0788 and, low and behold, it is registered to the same P.O. Box 1418 Sarasota, FL 34230-1418.
In Nov 2011 Vincent Von Dukes AKA Georgina Donoho cited for an inadequate perimeter fence at their P.O. Box (no location given) and the report said they had just acquired new lion and tiger cubs and did not have vet care guidance for them. The report gave them until December 2011 to correct the dilapidated fence, but there was no follow up inspection or report. The inspection said that they should send in photos of their traveling act cage, but compliance is unknown.
In the following video you can see the cats shying away from him and skulking away in fear. How can anyone clap or call this entertainment?
This act features one male and one female African lion, two female tigers and one white female tiger.
Vince Von Duke’s wife, Pom Pom Donoho, can be seen to the left of the screen. She conducts various duties during the performance to include hooking up the 20 lb. propane tank for the FLAMING HOOP portion of the act. This was shot in Canton, Ohio on March 24, 2018 at the 7:30 show. This circus was produced by HAMID CIRCUS for TADMOR SHRINE of Canton. VINCENT VON DUKE performed in Dayton, Ohio in February, 2018 with a circus produced by TARZAN ZERBINI for Shriners. Please tell the Shriners that you won’t support them as long as they promote abuse in the name of family fun.
In Vincent Von Dukes April 2011 inspection report there was no adult available to allow an inspection and apparently no itinerary filed with USDA. Traveling acts are supposed to file an itinerary with USDA so that USDA can send an inspector to the location where the animals will be performing if there are complaints. Most traveling acts only send these right before traveling because they do not want animal protection groups to know where they will be exploiting animals.
In Vincent Von Dukes February 2011 inspection they were cited for inadequate perimeter fencing and given until April 2011 to correct it, but by the November 2011 inspection it still had not been done.
In Vincent Von Dukes February 2010 inspection at the Tulsa State Fairgrounds he was cited for not following his veterinarian’s prescribed diet for the 8 tigers in his act.
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