Ringling Bros Circus to Stop Using Elephants by 2017
Ringling Bros Circus announced that they would no longer have elephants tour with their circus starting in 2018. The decision comes after years of legal and peer pressure to stop using elephants because of alleged abuse. I have been going to the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus since I was a little kid in the 1970's and this announcement makes me both sad and happy at the same time.
I know that this will be better for the elephants, who will now live on the circus elephant reserve in Florida. I remember when Ringling Bros stopped using lions and tigers in their shows and this is a lot like that for me. Going to the circus was just not the same anymore. The magic I knew as a kid was gone and it is never coming back.
Don't get me wrong, I am glad for the well being of the elephants, I am just sad for the killing of one of my best childhood memories. The circus will live on but it will never be the same without elephants, even though it is the right thing to do.