It has finally happened. No more elephants at Ringling Bros. circus shows

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus will be coming to Austin in August. Photo by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus will be coming to Austin in August.
Photo by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey

In January, I wrote that the next time the circus comes to town, the elephants wouldn’t be here. On Sunday, the last elephant show at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus happened in Providence, R.I.

The animals will head to Ringling Bros. elephant sanctuary in Florida to live out their days. Ringling is continuing its breeding program and the elephants will be used in pediatric cancer treatment. I’m sure that will not make the folks at PETA happy.

When we polled you in January, 67 percent said they were glad the change had been made and 32 percent said they would miss the elephants.

Austin already had outlawed the use of a bull hook on elephants last year.  You can still find elephants in the circus when the Ben Hur Shrine Circus comes to Cedar Park Center each year.

 

Author: Nicole Villalpando

Nicole Villalpando writes about families in the Raising Austin blog and the Raising Austin column on Saturdays. She also offers a weekly and monthly family calendar at austin360.com/raisingaustin. She tweets at @raisingaustin.

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