Ringling Brothers Circus Faces Lawsuit Over Elephants

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Four animal welfare groups brought suit against the circus back in 2003. The charges state that “Ringling Bros. engages in these unlawful activities by routinely beating elephants to ‘train’ them, ‘discipline’ them, and keep them under control” and that the elephants are chained in place for long periods of time and frequently hit with bullhooks, a wooden pole about two feet long that has a sharp metal hook at one end.

Ringling Brother Accused of Violating ESA

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I don't care what anyone says, I can't stand circuses. The treatment of circus elephants went on trial in federal court Wednesday with animal rights groups accusing Ringling Bros. of violating the Endangered Species Act when it uses bullhooks and chains to control its performing pachyderms. Tags: circuses us elephants endangered species Good. And they certainly have no right to use endangered species as performers.