by Kelly Behr
Big news arose yesterday surrounding the world’s largest vegans. Ringling Brothers declared that they will no longer be using elephants in their circuses by 2018.
In an interview with NPR, Humane Society CEO Wayne Pacelle said he believed the change in Feld’s long-held stance for keeping the animals in the show resulted from the 2013 documentary Blackfish, which led to intense scrutiny of SeaWorld and its treatment of captive killer whales. He said the documentary had led an “emerging consciousness within the public about the proper treatment of animals.” -courtesy of NPR.com
The circus has been using elephants for over 150 years. They are a favorite attraction to most of the thousands of people who flock to the circus. What people do not see or think about…or want to think about is what life is like for these animals. They are in a very unnatural environment and conditions.
It’s awesome to see how performing animals are being looked at and given a chance at a better life.
Thanks to all the active people out there who worked relentlessly to make this happen.