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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Phasing Out Elephant Acts

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Phasing Out Elephant Acts

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Circus bosses at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey have announced they’re scrapping their elephant acts, two years after the release of a disturbing documentary about the treatment of the big top beasts.

In An Apology to Elephants, actress/comedian Lily Tomlin explored the purported abuse and brutal treatment of elephants behind the scenes at zoos and circuses in the U.S.

Tomlin is one of many celebrities who have been fighting for a ban on elephant acts in circuses touring America and now it appears Ringling Bros. bosses are taking note – they have announced all their endangered Asian elephants will be relocated to the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation within three years.

Animal rights activists at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the organization leading the charge on the circus elephant ban, are celebrating the news.
PETA spokesperson Delcianna Winders says, “We are of course thrilled with the announcement, assuming that Ringling is indeed serious about this. But they need to show they’re serious by making this effective immediately.”

There are no plans to end circus attractions featuring tigers, lions, horses and camels at this time, but this is certainly a step in the right direction.

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Jasmine Alyce Jasmine is the Associate Editor/Reporter for FanBolt. She’s been obsessed with pop culture and entertainment news since the olden days of MTV’s ‘TRL’ and graduated in 2009 with her BA in Journalism. She’s a huge horror and sci-fi/fantasy fan and her favorite shows include: American Horror Story, Game of Thrones, Pretty Little Liars, Doctor Who, Bates Motel, Once Upon A Time and Scandal, to name a few.

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