"For its mistreatment of animals circus Gärtner wasn't welcome in Austria and Germany even before the legal ban of circuses with animal acts which came into force in Austria on January 1, 2005. Mister Gärtner sr. was known as the most brutal and the cruelest trainer of elephants in Europe. He said that "you should take out elephant's right eye, because that way you can hit him better on that side." Furthermore, one member of the Gärtner family was killed by an elephant.
Brutalities to animals and their mistreatment in this Austrian circus, which is now registered as Croatian circus, filled the lines of newspapers many times." Read more at http://www.prijatelji-zivotinja.hr/index.en.php?id=328