Ringling Bros. to retire elephants thanks to ‘somewhat of a mood shift’ from customers

March 6, 2015 5:04 AM

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Ringling Bros. to retire elephants thanks to ‘somewhat of a mood shift’ from customers

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has criticized the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s elephant show for decades, and the circus has officially agreed to phase the majestic animals out of its performances by 2018.

Elephants have been considered “lifelong symbols” of the iconic circus for 35 years, but since “anti-elephant” legislation has been making performance-planning increasingly difficult in recent years and the elephants have been inspiring a rising number of protests, the Ringling Bros. are almost read...

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