On Thursday, Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey’s has announced that it will retire its elephant herd by 2018. According to Kenneth Feld, chairman and CEO of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s parent company, “This decision was not easy, but it is in the best interest of our company, our elephants and our customers.” Ringling Bros. has spent many legal disputes with the Humane Society of the United States and other animal welfare groups. They have also faced much public scrutiny for the way the elephants were treated. The performing elephants are Asian elephants, and are endangered. The elephants, when retired, will be sent to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation in central Florida.
Contributor: Ashni Nadgauda