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U.S. circus to end use of elephants






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One of America's biggest circuses will soon end elephants in its shows. The circus said it would stop by 2018. All its elephants will move to an animal conservation centre. They will retire there. The circus is doing this because of public protests. One hundred years ago, it was OK for animals to perform for humans. However, not today. People are worried about animals. The circus will continue to use other animals, such as camels, dogs, horses, lions and tigers.

Animal rights groups have always criticised circuses. One group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, explained that circus elephants have a bad life. It said many elephants have painful bones and lung diseases. It wants the elephants to retire now. Many places in the USA have banned the use of elephants. This makes it hard for circuses to go on tour. The owners of the circus said it was hard to stop using their elephants. They understand the public's feeling.

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