The notorious circus Ringling Brothers is set to retire their elephants in May, this year.
The elephant list of animals which will be retired by Ringling Bros includes 11 elephants. They are set to retire alongside 29 other Ringling Bros elephants which are already Florida, at the companys 200-acre Centre For Elephant Conservation
The move by Ringling Bros is not really that suprising. Earlier, in 2015, the company stated that it would be phasing out the use of elephants, tto stop using elephants by 2018.
Many local governments have brought in legislation, which stops the use of exotic animals, such as elephants, from being used in performances in large areas. This has made it difficult for Ringling Brothers to use wild animals, particuarly wild animals, in public places.
Conservationists, and animal rights campaigners shouldn't get too enthusiastic about Ringling Brothers move. This is because the elephants are going from a bad situation, to another bad situation - the elephants will now be used as part of an animal testing program for cancer research.