Note from the Animal Welfare Council – We are sad to lose the magnificent elephants from the traveling show that allow so many Americans to see them up close and personal. We understand the decision and thankful to Feld Entertainment for all they have done and will continue to do for the conservation of the Asian Elephant and to protect the rights of those who enjoy interacting with animals in entertainment, recreation, industry and sport.
POLK CITY, Fla. (AP) – The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will phase out the show’s iconic elephants from its performances by 2018, telling The Associated Press exclusively that growing public concern about how the animals are treated led to the decision.
Executives from Feld Entertainment, Ringling’s parent company, said the decision to end the circus’s century-old tradition of showcasing elephants was difficult and debated at length. Elephants have often been featured on Ringling’s posters over the decades. The decision is being announced Thursday.