The elephant acts at Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus were going to end soon, but now they are going to be retired a year and a half earlier than planned. All of the touring elephants will be retired in May. The reason for the early retirement comes from the pressures of governments passing “anti-circus” and “anti-elephant” laws due to animal cruelty. Once the elephants are retied they will be moved to a 200-acre Center for Elephant Conservation in central Florida. Elephant acts have been part of the Ringling Bros act for more than a century. In 1882 P.T. Barnum brought an Asian elephant named Jumbo to America for his act. How do you feel about elephants being completely removed from the circus?
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