Circus elephants taking their final bows this spring

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus' parent company announced that elephant acts will end by May 2016 over growing public concern about the animals

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus’ parent company announced that elephant acts will end by May 2016 over growing public concern about the animals // Photo via AP News

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is ending its elephant acts a year and a half early, and will retire all of its touring elephants in May, reports the AP.

The circus’s parent company, Feld Entertainment, said that all of the 11 elephants will be retired to the company’s 200-acre Center for Elephant Conservation in central Florida.

Elephant acts have been showcased by Ringling for more than a century, but increasing scrutiny on circus elephant acts being animal cruelty led Feld Entertainment to announce last year that the elephants would be phased out by 2018.

[H/T AP News]


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