Success: Ringling Bros. Will Retire Elephants Earlier Than Planned

Ringling Elise Amendola

Target: Kenneth Feld, CEO of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

Goal: Praise Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus for retiring their elephants two years ahead of schedule.

In 2015, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced the joyful news that they would be retiring all of their performing elephants in 2018. This success was due to public outcry, the hard work of animal activists and petitions like the ones on ForceChange. However, even better news has arrived. Feld Entertainment, the parent company of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, announced that they would be retiring their elephants even earlier than planned. By May 2016, all of Ringling’s elephants will be retired.

These elephants will be moved to the Center for Elephant Conservation in Florida, where they will no longer be forced to perform unnatural tricks in front of loud, jeering crowds. This is a huge step forward for animals stuck in the entertainment industry.

Sign this letter and thank the CEO of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus for bringing happiness to these animals’ lives sooner rather than later.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Feld,

I was very pleased when Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced in 2015 that they would be retiring all of their elephants in 2018. However, when I learned that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus decided to retire all their elephants two years earlier than planned, I was ecstatic.

Elephants should not be forced to perform unnatural tricks in front of large, loud, jeering crowds. This is a huge step for animals stuck in the entertainment industry, and I am hoping more circuses follow in your footsteps.

Thank you for recognizing these highly intelligent and social animals. They deserve a better life, a life where they can live in an environment similar to their natural habitat. I commend you for this decision and I hope you continue to take your animals’ welfare into consideration in the future.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Elise Amendola

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5 Comments

  1. “Ringling Bros CEO Kenneth Feld said that the 11 elephants currently used by the traveling circus, would join its parent company’s Florida Center for Elephant Conservation, where Ringling currently keeps its other 29 elephants (two others are on breeding loans to zoos). He said that the 11 elephants will also be part of cancer research.”
    Taken from http://www.onegreenplanet.org/news/ringling-brothers-will-retire-its-elephants-in-may/

    Out of the frying pan into the fire!!!

  2. Well I to was thrilled until I read they are going to a place that the Ringling circus own the Center for Elephant Conservation in Florida where they are going to be used for experiments for cancer and chained at night and the male elephants will be in sand in pens have they not suffered enough !!!!!!!!!!
    Well I to was thrilled until I read they are going to a place that the Ringling circus own the Center for Elephant Conservation in Florida where they are going to be used for experiments for cancer and chained at night and the male elephants will be in sand in pens have they not suffered enough !!!!!!!!!!

  3. Heather Brophy says:

    Ken, YOU GREEDY HEARTLESS BASTARD,YOU SHOULD BE TESTED ON!

  4. Temma Tainow says:

    Whoever believed that the elephants were going to be safe after retirement is not only naive but underestimates the gross negligence of Ringling and their need for profit.

    Their lives will be as torturous as they were when being trained, traveling, and performing.

    This is not a victory.

    r

  5. Kenneth Feld, CEO of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus:

    If what you’re saying is true, which SANCTUARY are you and your people planning on RETIRING THE ELEPHANTS???????????????
    The World wants to know.

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