“Circus abuse” to “Guinea pig abuse!”

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From “Circus abuse” to “Guinea pig abuse!” when will it end?

Elephants rarely develop cancer.

Researchers want to find out why

so they are using the center’s elephants

to study the cancer-fighting gene entangled in their DNA.

Did anyone get permission from the pachyderms (elephants)

and how do we know for sure that the treatment

will stop at just drawing blood?

Ringling Bros. elephants will perform for last time

The iconic elephants of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

will perform for the last time Sunday,

ending a tradition that’s more than a century old.

The elephants’ final two shows, in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.,

and Providence

Follow

decades of protests by animal rights activists

who say the methods used to house and train the animals

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including the sharp, metal “bullhook”  are cruel.

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The 11 elephants traveling with the show will find a new home

with 29 other former performers 

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in Ringling’s 200-acre Center for

Elephant Conservation in central Florida.

One can only hope that they will be O.K.

because no one is allowed in to check on them!

Ringmaster David Shipman and animal trainer Ryan Henning

share what retiring the elephants on May 1 means for them and the show.

Video by Jasper Colt, USA TODAY

The iconic elephants of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

will parade into a Rhode Island arena for their final performance Sunday,

ending a classic feature of

“The Greatest Show on Earth”

that began in the “big top” circus tents

145 years ago.

The giant pachyderms’ last act follows decades of protests by animal rights activists

claiming the methods used to train and house the elephants are cruel.

Ringling bowed to the pressure as state and local rules

placed more restrictions on the circus’ use of exotic animals

and the bullhook trainers use to control the animals.

“It’s the end of a long era and it’s an overdue policy,”

said Wayne Pacelle,

president of the Humane Society of the United States.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2016/04/29/ringling-bros-circus-elephants-set-final-act-sunday/83608510/

But the elephants will also be involved in some more serious work:

the search for treatments or a cure for pediatric cancer.

Elephants rarely develop cancer.

Researchers want to find out why

so they are using the center’s elephants

to study the cancer-fighting gene entangled in their DNA.

Did anyone get permission from the pachyderms (elephants) and how do we know for sure that the treatment will stop at just drawing blood?

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