July 14, 2013 in Letters, Opinion

Circus cares for animals

 

The July 7 letter to the editor, “Choose circus alternatives,” has blatantly false information that demands correction. At Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, we take the utmost pride in our animal care and training methods. Training is done through repetition and reward and with the used of approved elephant husbandry tools.

Where we do agree is teaching children about compassion and love for animals. Because we believe in this so strongly, we’re doing our part to help save the endangered Asian elephant with our Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation in Central Florida. The facility is home to the majority of our elephants, the largest herd in the Western Hemisphere. Only one-third of our elephants, those who show the personality and temperament for circus display, travel. The rest spend their days at our center in Florida, where they are part of our research, reproduction and retirement program, providing scientists from around the world access to learn much about this endangered species.

Ringling Bros. offers families a way to experience these animals in a way they can nowhere else. We hope that Spokane families will come see for themselves that our animals are thriving in our care.

Ashley Smith

Vienna, Va.

Get stories like this in a free daily email


Please keep it civil. Don't post comments that are obscene, defamatory, threatening, off-topic, an infringement of copyright or an invasion of privacy. Read our forum standards and community guidelines.

You must be logged in to post comments. Please log in here or click the comment box below for options.

comments powered by Disqus