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Popular US Circus to Phase Out Elephant Acts

The most prominent touring circus in the U.S. said Thursday that by 2018 it will end its century-old display of Asian elephants, bowing to growing public concern about how the giant animals are treated. The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus uses 13 elephants in its three traveling shows to 115 cities a year. For decades, the elephants have been featured in parades as the Ringling circus arrives in cities and then played prominent roles in the shows. Even now,...

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