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  • Jan
  • 21

No Fairy-Tale Ending for Elephants

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In the face of growing public condemnation, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has finally conceded: It’s eliminating elephant acts this May instead of next year, bringing the lame and ailing animals some measure of relief from their days on end chained in stifling, reeking boxcars. But don’t pop the champagne corks just yet. […]

  • Aug
  • 3

Animals Are Wondrous: Elephants

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In their natural environment, elephants are highly social animals who live in multigenerational matriarchal herds. These tight-knit families work cooperatively to defend one another, search for food, and care for offspring—even receiving help from “babysitters” within the herd. Elephants talk among themselves, make group decisions, and celebrate achievements and momentous occasions. Elephants also have elaborate […]

  • Nov
  • 13

Old Before Their Time

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nicole and karen

Anyone who suffers from arthritis knows how painful a disease it is. Even pulling a weed or buttoning a blouse can be just too difficult. Senior citizens aren’t the only ones who suffer from this debilitating condition. Elephants used in circuses are susceptible to developing arthritis because they spend most of their lives in chains. […]

  • Oct
  • 15

No More Chains: One Elephant’s Story

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last chain on billy

If you can love a book after having gone through a box of tissues, then the author has done something very right. Carol Bradley is that author, and the book is Last Chain on Billie: How One Extraordinary Elephant Escaped the Big Top. Even for those who already know about the desperate plight of captive […]

  • Jan
  • 3

Animals Lose Friend and Defender

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It is with a heavy heart that PETA begins this new year by saying goodbye to a  huge advocate for animals, Dr. Henry Melvyn Richardson. Dr. Mel, as he was affectionately called by those who knew him, was a devoted  champion of the humane treatment of animals. Whether it was an emergency bear rescue or […]

  • Oct
  • 28

Animal Minds

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Are animals conscious in the way that we are? What goes on in their minds? I can’t say for sure, but it doesn’t surprise me that elephants distinguish between different human languages as they listen to us or that dolphins have a strong sense of self and can think about the future. I sometimes run […]

  • Sep
  • 2

This Labor Day, Remember Those Who Have Never Had a Day Off

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As we celebrate Labor Day, we want to take a moment to remember the suffering of animals who labor for human “entertainment.” From the very moment that she was born into captivity, Tonka has never known the freedom of a holiday. For more than 20 years, she has been the “property” of Ringling Bros. and […]

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