Since 1951, the Animal Welfare Institute has been dedicated to reducing animal suffering caused by people.

We seek better treatment of animals everywhere - in the laboratory, on the farm, in commerce, at home,
and in the wild.

AWI Quarterly

Fall 2014 Quarterly - Cover Photo by Scott Portelli

Fall 2014
Volume 63
Number 4

Spotlight On

Final Act: Ringling Bros. to Pull Plug on Circus Elephant Shows

Washington, DC—The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) welcomes today’s Associated Press (AP) report that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will phase out its elephant acts by 2018. All 43 of Ringling’s captive elephants will be retired to a central Florida property owned by Ringling’s parent company, Feld Entertainment.