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After more than a century of shows featuring degrading and abusive acts toward elephants and a list of Animal Welfare Act violations, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is finally eliminating its use of elephants by 2018.

The circus told the Associated Press that the decision was made because of growing public concern and media attention regarding how the elephants are treated.

“There’s been somewhat of a mood shift among our consumers,” said Alana Feld, the executive vice president of Feld Entertainment, Ringling Bros. parent company. “A lot of people aren’t comfortable with us touring with our elephants.”

According to USA Today, all of Feld’s 43 elephants will live at the company’s 200-acre Center for Elephant Conservation in Florida. Twenty-nine of the animals have already been transferred there, and the remaining 14 will arrive as they are phased out of use over the next three years.

Ringling Bros. has been under criticism from a host of animal welfare groups for the way it captures, breeds and trains elephants. It is estimated that 50 percent of Asian elephants owned by the circus were captured from the wild, and at least 30 elephants have died in the circus since 1992. Further, though the circus has always called its elephant program a “conservation” effort, not one of the circus’s elephants will ever be fit to be released into the wild.

Whistleblowers such as former Ringling Bros. trainer, Sam Haddock have also come forward, detailing the deprivation, pain and negative reinforcement used to train baby elephants, who are often taken from their mothers as early as 18 to 22 months of age. Wild elephants often live with their mothers until well into their adolescence, and female elephants stay with them for life. After experiencing the trauma of this separation, their lives are full of bull hooks, electric cattle prods, ropes and even fireplace pokers, which force them into unnatural positions and balances.

And this abuse hasn’t gone unnoticed. In 2011, the USDA ordered Feld Entertainment to pay a $270,000 fine — the largest civil penalty ever paid by an exhibitor under the Animal Welfare Act — for dozens of violations dating back to 2007. And, sadly, these violations weren’t just for the circus’s treatment of elephants.

To help the plight of other animals mistreated by the circus, you can start by boycotting circuses or other establishments that can’t provide adequate care to exotic or endangered animals. Even better, you can help spread the word. If you want to experience wild animals in a truly beautiful way, try one of these volunteer conservation trips.

Image source: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

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18 comments on “Finally! Ringling Brothers and Barnam and Bailey Circus is Eliminating Elephants From All Acts”

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Cathy
11 Months Ago

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11 Months Ago

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Lizzy Desler
11 Months Ago

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Lizzy Desler
11 Months Ago

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1 Years Ago


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1 Years Ago

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3 Years Ago

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25 Apr 2015

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3 Years Ago

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Natasha Johnson
3 Years Ago


How To Get Your husband Back & Avoid Divorce!!

An amazing testimony on a spell caster who brought my husband back to me.. My name is Natasha Johnson,i live in Florida,USA,and I\'m happily married to a lovely and caring husband ,with two kids. A very big problem occurred in my family seven months ago,between me and my husband .so terrible that he took the case to court for a divorce.he said that he never wanted to stay with me again,and that he didn\'t love me anymore.So he packed out of the house and made me and my children passed through severe pain. I tried all my possible means to get him back,after much begging,but all to no avail.and he confirmed it that he has made his decision,and he never wanted to see me again. So on one evening,as i was coming back from work,i met an old friend of mine who asked of my husband .So i explained every thing to him,so he told me that the only way i can get my husband back,is to visit a spell caster,because it has really worked for him too.So i never believed in spell,but i had no other choice,than to follow his advice. Then he gave me the email address of the spell caster whom he visited.{[email protected]}. So the next morning,i sent a mail to the address he gave to me,and the spell caster assured me that i will get my husband back the next day.What an amazing statement!! I never believed,so he spoke with me,and told me everything that i need to do. Then the next morning, So surprisingly, my husband who didn\'t call me for the past seven {7}months,gave me a call to inform me that he was coming back.So Amazing!! So that was how he came back that same day,with lots of love and joy,and he apologized for his mistake,and for the pain he caused me and my children. Then from that day,our relationship was now stronger than how it were before,by the help of a spell caster. So, i will advice you out there to kindly visit the same website { http://enchantedscents.tripod.com/lovespell/},if you are in any condition like this,or you have any problem related to "bringing your ex back. So thanks to the Dr Brave for bringing back my husband ,and brought great joy to my family once again. {[email protected] }, Thanks..


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Marvin Lutz
3 Years Ago

I am so happy for the elephants. Let\'s hope that this decision will influence and put pressure on the other circuses that use elephants. It\'s unfortunate that it took so long and that the owner of Ringling Bros. has not had a change of heart It was public pressure that brought about this change. An educated public on what abuse to animals means and how to recognize it regardless of what the owner of animal says to the contrary. Many cities have banned circuses or any entertainment that uses elephants. Ringling plans on placing these elephants in a conservancy that THEY have formed and will control. We must remain vigilante that Ringling Bros. will create a habitat that is conducive to elephants and that they will treat, and care for the elephants humanely.


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jules
06 Mar 2015

HAPPY DANCE! It has really bothered me that these magnificent creatures are used in such a way!



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