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35 Asian elephants taken from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus are now safe at home in their new sanctuary. Now safe at Florida’s White Oak Conservation Center, it’s another crop of elephants saved from the horrors of circus life.
A press release shared the news that the elephants had made it and will soon be joined by other elephants.
“We are thrilled to give these elephants a place to wander and explore,” said Mark and Kimbra Walter, the philanthropists who funded the project. “We are working to protect wild animals in their native habitats. But for these elephants that can’t be released, we are pleased to give them a place where they can live comfortably for the rest of their lives.”
Most recently, California became the third state to ban wild animal circus acts, following Hawaii and New Jersey. While statewide bans are still rare, multiple cities in the United States, including New York City, have banned wild animal circus acts. Abroad, the United Kingdom implemented its ban in May 2019.
“In the last few years, everything has changed for these elephants for the better — from their retirement to the way they interact with humans and the space they have to roam,” said Steve Shurter, White Oak’s executive director. “For the first time in their lives, these elephants can choose where and how they want to spend their days.”
To learn more about elephant captivity and about what you can do, check out the following articles:
- 5 Reasons Why Holding an Elephant in Captivity Goes Against Everything Natural
- 3 Things Captive Elephants Never Experience
- Zoo Elephant Gets Day in Court
- Refuse to Ride: How to Identify an Elephant in Distress
- Chaos at Russian Circus Where Distressed Elephants Fall Outside of the Ring
- What the Afflictions of Circus and Zoo Elephants Have Taught Us About Captivity
- Seven Simple Things You Can Do to Help Captive Elephants – Right Now!
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