Elephants don't belong in a circus.
No animals belong in a circus.
Elephant training techniques with bull hooks and chains are known for their cruelty.
It is about time this news finally made mainstream news outlets,
as the famous Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
was fined $270,000 for on-going elephant cruelty from 2007 to 2011,
by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture under the U.S. Animal Welfare Act.
This is an out-of-court settlement, so guess what?
The circus does not have to admit wrongdoing,
but at least they have agreed to change training methods.
A too-graphic website has photos and video. Don't click this link;
Elephants belong in the wild.
They live in herds and strong family units.
They are complex and beautiful creatures
---believed to be highly intelligent.
All circuses with animals will eventually retire all their animals.
It's just a matter of time before this form of slavery and abuse ends.
It belongs in and should remain in the 20th century-- let's not carry it
into the 21st century.
Elephants in retirement, hopefully, end up in an elephant sanctuary,
such as The Elephant Sanctuary on 2,700 acres in Tennessee.
Support this noble non-profit.
And go only to animal-free circuses.
Cruelty is not entertainment. (quote courtesy of commenterNR)