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.
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