Ringling Bros. Commitment
- Studies have shown that the public display of performing elephants contributes to heightened public awareness of the animals themselves and of our responsibility for their well-being and protection. This is especially true for children, who not only become more aware of elephants and their special needs and abilities, but also experience firsthand the importance of caring for and respecting all animals.
- The display and care of elephants and other performing animals are subject to animal welfare laws and regulations at the federal, state and local levels.
- Under the federal Animal Welfare Act, all circuses are required to have a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) exhibitor’s license. The USDA conducts regular unannounced inspections of performing animals and their stable areas. The federal Animal Welfare Act regulates and sets guidelines for housing, transportation and care for most performing animals.
- Circuses and other animal exhibitors are also subject to state and local animal welfare laws and permit requirements. Such regulations provide protection to all performing animals and allow for the prosecution of those who neglect or mistreat the animals in their care.