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Oggi è un giorno triste e la notizia che sta facendo il giro del mondo è un duro colpo per tutto il mondo del circo e per l’immaginario collettivo che lo accompagna. Il più importante circo del mondo, il Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, ha annunciato che smetterà di usare gli elefanti nei suoi spettacoli entro il 2018. La decisione è stata presa prevalentemente per l’aumento delle critiche del pubblico sul trattamento degli animali. In più negli ultimi anni molte città e contee statunitensi hanno approvato leggi che vietano l’uso degli animali nei circhi, mettendo a rischio i tour delle compagnie circensi.

La direzione della Feld Entertainment, l’azienda che gestisce il marchio Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, ha affermato che la decisione, particolarmente sofferta, è stata il risultato di un grande dibattito. L’azienda possiede 43 elefanti, di cui 29 vivono attualmente negli 81 ettari della riserva controllata dalla compagnia in Florida, mentre uno si trova allo zoo di Fort Worth. Fino al 2018 tredici elefanti continueranno a prendere parte agli spettacoli.

Il colosso americano proseguirà il suo programma di conservazione e riproduzione degli elefanti nella imponente fattoria dedicata ai pachidermi, con l’obiettivo di supportare il mantenimento della specie, sperando in futuro di poter rendere questi animali visitabili anche al pubblico.

 DAL 2018 IL RINGLING BARNUM CIRCUS ELIMINA GLI ELEFANTI

Ecco l’articolo originale pubblicato da AbcNews

Ringling Bros. Eliminating Elephant Acts

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will phase out the show’s iconic elephants from its performances by 2018, telling The Associated Press exclusively that growing public concern about how the animals are treated led to the decision.

Executives from Feld Entertainment, Ringling’s parent company, said the decision to end the circus’s century-old tradition of showcasing elephants was difficult and debated at length. Elephants have often been featured on Ringling’s posters over the decades. The decision is being announced Thursday.

“There’s been somewhat of a mood shift among our consumers,” said Alana Feld, the company’s executive vice president. “A lot of people aren’t comfortable with us touring with our elephants.”

Within two hours of the announcement, animal rights groups took credit for the decision, saying that the pressure put on the circus ultimately led to Feld’s decision.

“For 35 years PETA has protested Ringling Bros.’ cruelty to elephants,” Ingrid E. Newkirk, president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, wrote in a statement. “We know extreme abuse to these majestic animals occurs every single day, so if Ringling is really telling the truth about ending this horror, it will be a day to pop the champagne corks, and rejoice. … If the decision is serious, then the circus needs to do it NOW.”

Feld owns 43 elephants, and 29 of the giant animals live at the company’s 200-acre Center for Elephant Conservation in central Florida. Thirteen animals will continue to tour with the circus before retiring to the center by 2018. One elephant is on a breeding loan to the Fort Worth Zoo.

Another reason for the decision, company President Kenneth Feld said, was that certain cities and counties have passed “anti-circus” and “anti-elephant” ordinances. The company’s three shows visit 115 cities throughout the year, and Feld said it’s expensive to fight legislation in each jurisdiction. It’s also difficult to plan tours amid constantly changing regulations, he said.

“All of the resources used to fight these things can be put towards the elephants,” Feld said during an interview at the Center for Elephant Conservation. “We’re not reacting to our critics we’re creating the greatest resource for the preservation of the Asian elephant.”

The circus will continue to use other animals — this year it added a Mongolian troupe of camel stunt riders to its Circus Xtreme show. It will likely showcase more motorsports, daredevils and feats of humans’ physical capabilities. Ringling’s popular Canada-based competitor, Cirque du Soleil, features human acts and doesn’t use wild animals.

“There are endless possibilities,” said Juliette Feld, another executive vice president of the company and a producer of Feld’s Marvel Universe Live, Disney on Ice and Monster Jam shows, among others.

Feld owns the largest herd of Asian elephants in North America. It costs about $65,000 yearly to care for each elephant, and Kenneth Feld said the company would have to build new structures to house the retiring elephants at the center, located in between Orlando and Tampa on a rural, ranchlike property.

Kenneth Feld said initially the center will be open only to researchers, scientists and others studying the Asian elephant.

Eventually, he “hopes it expands to something the public will be able to see.”

“I want everybody’s grandkids to be able to see Asian elephants,” he said.

05/03/2015 19.07.04

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