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Final performance for Ringling Bros. elephants

Posted at 8:36 AM, May 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-02 08:36:57-04
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The curtain has fallen a final time for elephants performing at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
 
The circus has permanently retired the animals after becoming caught between animal rights activists' concerns and Americans' shifting views.
 
At a show Sunday in Providence, Rhode Island, Ringmaster Jonathan Lee Iverson told the crowd, "This is a very emotional time for us."
 
The elephants will live at Ringling's 200-acre Center for Elephant Conservation in Florida.