Ringling Bros Circus Phasing Out Elephant Acts....FINALLY....

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    Elephants are such beautiful creatures..and smart..About time!!

    Ringling Bros. Circus To Phase Out Elephant Acts


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    Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, one of the United States' most famous circus companies, will eliminate elephants from its shows in the coming years, The Associated Press reported Thursday.

    Feld Entertainment, the parent company for "The Greatest Show on Earth," told the AP it would phase out elephants by 2018, citing animal welfare concerns.

    “This decision was not easy, but it is in the best interest of our company, our elephants and our customers,” CEO Kenneth Feld said in a press statement. Feld’s 43 elephants, which form the largest herd in North America, will retire to a 200-acre sanctuary in central Florida.

    "There's been somewhat of a mood shift among our consumers," Executive Vice President Alana Feld told the AP.

    The company also cited the difficulty of fighting local legislation that would affect their shows. Late in 2014, Oakland, California, became the largest U.S. city to ban the use of bullhooks -- a hooked tool commonly inserted in elephants' skin to train and corral them. Los Angeles also enacted a bullhook ban that will go into effect in 2017.

    “This is a startling and tremendously exciting announcement,” the Humane Society of the United States told The Huffington Post in an emailed statement. “With consumers now so alert to animal welfare issues, no business involved in any overt form of animal exploitation can survive in the long run.”

    Ringling Bros. and other circuses have been under scrutiny from animal welfare groups for their treatment of elephants and other animals.

    In 2014, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and othersreached a settlement with Feld Entertainment to end a longstanding legal battle over unproven allegations of elephant mistreatment at the circus. The groups paid almost $16 million to cover Feld's legal costs for the 14-year litigation.

    In late 2011, Feld Entertainment reached a $270,000 settlement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture for alleged violations of the Animal Welfare Act occurring between 2007 and 2011. The settlement allowed the company to avoid admitting any wrongdoing or USDA violations. "Animal care is always a top priority at Ringling Bros.," Kenneth Feld said at the time.

    The penalty was the largest to date in the Animal Welfare Act's four-decade history, according to Mother Jones, which reported on the alleged violations after a yearlong investigation. Each violation carried a maximum fine of $10,000, meaning the USDA was likely citing the company for at least 27 violations. Mother Jones' investigation revealed elephants were "whipped with bullhooks, trapped in train cars filled with their own feces, and chained in place for a good part of their lives."

    “This is a tremendous victory for the elephants ... as well as for everyone who fought for this change,” ASPCA President and CEO Matt Bershadker said in a statement. “We continue to oppose using elephants or any wild or exotic animals in circuses, carnivals and other traveling animal shows."

    This story has been updated with statements from Kenneth Feld, the Humane
     
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    Just don't tell me they've outlawed midgets. That would be too much.
     
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    You mean actors?
     
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    I was looking for a funny elephant circus attack video sadly they dont exist. The elephant always ends up dead.
     
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    You mean when They step on trainer?? Do they kill them...

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    Yes too hard to watch.
     
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    I did not know they killed them. Awful!! If you are one of those trainers it should be just one of the hazards. Poor elephants..
     
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    Hopefully they'll ban those creepy clowns next.
     
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    This is a picture of my grandfather with Snowball the Polar Bear. He raised snowball. I wish I could find the picture of him holding snowball when he was a baby.\

    Years later a dopey girl, jumped over the fence because she wanted to pet snowball. She was 18 and should have known better. He chomped on her arm and they shot him..Awful..Zoos and Circuses are awful..Especially the old ones..I'm glad my grandfather was not alive to see that..
     
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    If you ask me we're not hard enough on those motherfuckers

     
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    Very sorry to hear that, @teehee . I agree with you that animals shouldn't be used for our entertainment.

    Unless, of course, they're the superstar winners of America's Got Talent, Olate Dogs!!!!! :yay:

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    Clowns always scared the shit out of me. I hated them when I was a kid..
    My friend dated a guy who worked as Pickles The Clown..:giggle: I think they went on two dates. luckily he did not go out in costume..
     
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    Good. It's relatively easy to agree that circuses and zoos and sea shows exploit and confine the animals.

    What's a lot more challenging is the idea I just heard from Penn's podcast that circus animal ownership is not significantly different from normal pet ownership. Are our cats, dogs, etc. being unfairly confined, limited, or mistreated by us? Sure we have been symbiotic for centuries, but that doesn't make it right.

    Related discussions would go around meat and dairy farming, work horses and dogs, etc. Tough calls, often personal decisions.
     
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    Interesting history



    Fed up' circus elephant Big Mary lynched for 'murder' in 1916
    BY David J. Krajicek
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
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    Mary the elephant was positioned beneath a 100-ton crate made to life railroad cars.
    Some of the details of how an Asian circus elephant named Big Mary became the victim of a lynching in a stony little east Tennessee town are obscured by the gauze of time.

    But as kooky as it sounds, it’s a true story.

    It happened nearly a century ago, in 1916.

    The chain of events began as Big Mary and four other elephants from the Sparks Circus lumbered toward a water hole between their matinee and evening performances that Sept. 12 in Kingsport, Tenn.

    According to the prevailing narrative, Big Mary strayed toward a succulent watermelon rind discarded along her path.

    Perched atop Mary’s broad shoulders, handler Red Eldridge used his bullhook to persuade her back toward his preferred route.

    When the elephant again pivoted toward the watermelon, Eldridge whacked her hard, digging into her flesh with the barb of the bullhook.

    With that, Big Mary reached back with her trunk, plucked the scrawny Eldridge from her back and body-slammed him. She then squashed his head like a grape under her platter-sized foot.

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    Mary the elephant dangled briefly, then fell when the chain broke.
    Ed Stewart, president of Performing Animals Welfare Society, a Galt, Calif., sanctuary for elephants and other former circus beasts, said he thought of Big Mary when Ringling Bros. announced last week that it would stop using elephants by 2017.

    “She’s an example of why we should never have put these animals in such unnatural situations in the first place,” Stewart told The Justice Story. “This elephant was simply acting like an elephant. They are inherently dangerous, and I don’t blame her for what happened. I blame those who put her in the circus. It’s their fault.”

    A century ago, Tennesseans didn’t see it that way.

    Townspeople who witnessed Mary’s deadly fury were stirred to chant, “Kill the elephant!” Someone in the crowd plinked five or six shots from a .32 revolver into her thick hide. She barely noticed.

    The death of Eldridge quickly became a crisis for Charlie Sparks’ circus, a middling operation that had survived 25 years on thin margins by making one-day stands at railroad whistle-stops like Kingsport that Barnum & Bailey wouldn’t bother with.

    Local authorities wanted to hold the show in town for an inquiry. But Sparks had to be in Erwin, Tenn., the next day — then on to Johnson City, Rogersville, and so on.

    Sparks surely didn’t want to leave Big Mary behind. She was his star, with marquee billing for more than 20 years as “the largest living land animal on Earth,” a skosh taller than P.T. Barnum’s famous Jumbo.

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    Sparks Cirus poster featuring Mary the Elephant.
    If Big Mary had the longest tenure with the Sparks Circus, the handler she killed had the shortest.

    Red Eldridge was a drifter who had signed on just 36 hours before he died, when the show stopped in St. Paul, Va., where he was pushing a broom. He had no circus experience, but the callow newcomer was handed a bullhook and assigned to marshal a 10,000-pound pachyderm.

    Big Mary’s destiny was sealed when a loopy Kingsport magistrate issued an ad hoc decree ordering her execution — to “hang by the neck until you are dead,” the Tennessee protocol for a human being convicted of murder.

    Charlie Sparks gave shrugging concession, which allowed his show to go on.

    An improvised gallows was waiting the next morning when the circus pulled into Erwin, Tenn., 40 miles down the rails from Kingsport.

    Virtually the entire population of the town of 2,500 assembled for the spectacle. Big Mary was positioned beneath a 100-ton crane made to lift railroad cars. A necklace of stout chain was cinched around her head and linked to the crane, which slowly lifted the poor beast off her feet.

    She dangled briefly, then fell with a bone-cracking thud when the chain broke.

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    Sparks Circus poster featuring the "best trained animal exhibition."
    “It made a right smart little racket when the elephant hit the ground,” according to an eyewitness quoted years later in a local magazine story.

    Big Mary writhed for more than an hour while someone fetched a thicker noose chain. Mercifully, the job was completed on the second go-round.

    The Sparks show rolled on again the next day, leaving Big Mary buried in the Erwin railyard.

    For decades, the bizarre lynching escaped notice, and the identities of those involved — beyond Sparks, Eldridge and Big Mary — were scrubbed as the tale was passed down in local history.

    But the story has been resurrected in several recent books, and it has emerged as a bullet point among infamous elephant atrocities since the Ringling Bros. announcement.

    “Mary sounds to me like an elephant that was fed up,” said Stewart, the circus animal advocate.

    For more than 30 years, his sanctuary group has urged a ban on traveling elephants. He said he now expects other circuses to follow the Ringling Bros.’ lead. About 100 elephants now perform in American circuses, half for Ringling.

    A ban on elephants and other wild animals in traveling circuses takes effect this year in England. And many U.S. cities, including Los Angeles, have banned the use of bullhooks, the device that apparently touched off Big Mary’s fury.

    “There have been circus-elephant protests at the grass-roots level all over the country,” Stewart said. “The handwriting is now on the wall. This must end.”
     
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    Can elephants get unemployment benefits.....
     
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    These lebraals gonna ban the snap & crackle from my Rice Krispies next?
     
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