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But the AOK's Carman doesn't buy the assurances of the UniverSoul ringleaders. To Carman, ghetto clowns and a kid-friendly appeal to black families don't change the fact that elephants with a proven history of abuse provide much of the entertainment.
UniverSoul's Taylor is aware of the video but claims that Becky and the other animals don't suffer mistreatment under his control. "There's a fine line between discipline and abuse," he says.
"I don't do things like that," Taylor says. "But I've seen things."
Maybe Becky, Tracy and Susie are better off today under Taylor's charge. But in two weeks it's back home to Carson & Barnes headquarters -- and winter training with Frisco.