Ringling Bros. to End Use of Elephants

Ringling Bros. elephants on parade

In what animal rights activists considered a major victory, the 145-year-old Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced it would stop using its iconic elephants in the “Greatest Show on Earth” by 2018. "We're not reacting to our critics; we're creating the greatest resource for the preservation of the Asian elephant," said Kenneth Feld, whose family owns the circus. He said the last 13 performing elephants will retire in three years to the company's 200-acre Center for Elephant Conservation in Florida, where they’ll join 29 other elephants. The circus has been under pressure for years to stop using elephants, and Feld said it’s become difficult to plan tours because so many jurisdictions have passed “anti-circus” or “anti-elephant” ordinances. PETA has accused the company of “extreme abuse” in training the elephants. The circus will continue to feature lions, tigers, camels, horses and dogs. — Read it from the AP


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