Lolita incarcerated at the Miami Seaquarium
Photo credit: Miami Seaquarium
– “Elephants to Retire From Ringling Brothers Stage”
In the 133 years since P. T. Barnum bought his first one, no animal has been so closely identified with the circus as the elephant, starring under the big top, adorning posters and ritually announcing the circuss arrival with a gawk-worthy parade into town in the case of New York, through the Midtown Tunnel.
But after decades of animal rights activists claiming that it treats the giant creatures cruelly, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey announced Thursday that its three touring circuses, performing 1,000 shows a year, would phase out elephant acts by 2018,” by by Richard Richard Prez-Pea, The New York Times.