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Ringlings Relent on Elephants as Performers Was Long Overdue by Ira Fischer

Ringling’s Relent on Elephants as Performers Was Long Overdue by Ira Fischer Faced with mounting pressure from animal welfare organizations and bans and restrictions by local jurisdictions, Ringling Brothers finally relented on the use of elephants as entertainment. Ringling’s announcement that it will phase out the use of elephants comes after years of dwindling attendance in the wake of adverse publicity about the treatment of its elephants and other wild animals used as performers. The victory in this long-standing battle belongs to the Read More

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UK Bans Use of Wild Animals in Circus Acts

Victory in the campaign to ban circus animals Government concedes defeat after bribes and intimidation fail to deter rebels MPs voted to ban wild animals in circuses last night after David Cameron's attempts to bully Conservative backbenchers into voting against the measure backfired and ended in a humiliating public defeat. In a decision hailed by campaigners as an "historic victory for animal welfare and protection", MPs of all parties unanimously backed a ban and the Government signalled that it would introduce one, ending forever the days Read More

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FLAVIO  Male Siberian/Bengal Tiger DOB 1989 DOD 1/5/2014 Arrived at Big Cat Rescue 1/1/2002   Flavio arrived at Big Cat Rescue in 2002 after retiring from the circus.  He was hailed as the smartest circus tiger ever known.  He performed a light and music number flawlessly for years until he decided one day that he didn't like the other tigers and all he wanted to do was fight.   Perhaps he really was the smartest circus tiger because that bought him a ticket to retirement with us.   He was known here Read More

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  For many cities and towns across our country the circus is a tradition of the holiday season. Revelations about behind the scenes practices of the circus raises serious questions about an event that many Americans regard as a holiday tradition. For the most part, the circus is a wonderful event. The clowns, acrobats, trapeze artists and other talented performers provide terrific entertainment. There is, however, a dark side to traditional circuses that the industry keeps far from the glare of the bright lights of the big top. The “tricks” Read More

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Today at Big Cat Rescue June 6 2013

Today at Big Cat Rescue was full of Foster Kittens and Storm Preparation Play the Ad for the Hamburger Mary's Event to Benefit Big Cat Rescue on July 1 and then RSVP to 813 241-MARY Lovey Bobcat gets her stitches out and moves back outside, next to Thurston AKA Mr Howell   The cats are hunker down in their dens to ride out Tropical Storm Andrea Can you see Tommie Girl the Bobcat in this photo?   Mr E takes to his fort for watching out for  Tropical Storm Read More