Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus says that it will pull elephants off the road in May—18 months earlier than previously announced!
Years of living in shackles on concrete floors and being transported all over the country in cramped boxcars have left many elephants injured and sick.
As a study released just days ago by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms, elephants can transmit tuberculosis to humans, yet Ringling has carted tuberculosis-positive elephants from town to town.
Although it’s great news that Ringling is ending its elephant acts, we must keep the pressure on the circus to retire the elephants to accredited sanctuaries, NOT to the Ringling-owned, misleadingly named “Center for Elephant Conservation” (CEC).
At the CEC, the “retired” elephants will still be chained on a daily basis, be forced to breed, be deprived of opportunities to interact and socialize normally, and continue to live in fear of being hit by trainers with bullhooks—sharp metal-tipped weapons that trainers use to control elephants. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the CEC is also teeming with tuberculosis. It’s the “facility with the highest incidence of tuberculosis in their elephants,” and it has been the subject of a series of government-mandated quarantines as a result.
Help the eles now! Don’t let the circus sentence the “retired” elephants to a lifetime of confinement at the CEC. Urge Ringling to send the elephants to an accredited sanctuary where they can finally be free of chains.