Wow! What a win for elephants & for all those who boycotted, protested, petitioned, and spoke out against the cruel and abusive treatment of elephants at the circus. Ringling Bros is expected to end their elephant shows by 2018, but what happens then?
While we are thrilled that the elephant acts are ending, it brings up an interesting question: Will people have as much exposure to elephants? For many people, their love of elephants stemmed from a childhood experience at the circus. Many kids take field trips to the circus in school, not as a fun activity, but as a type of cultural exposure.
After time, will people fail to recognize the majesty of the elephant?
Probably not – thanks to the good ole internet.
Luckily, elephants will no longer be subjected to cruel circus practices. Now… to work on the poaching and ivory trade….