The Jan. 21 letter Release circus animals made unfounded claims about Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s commitment to animal care.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey is proud of its human and animal partnerships, and the physical and behavioral needs of all our animals are a top priority that can be seen in every city we visit.
All of our animals are trained using a system of repetition and reward, and the health and vitality of our animals are something we showcase at each and every Ringling Bros. performance.
Animal-activist groups will no doubt continue to distort the care and commitment we have for all of our animal performers. Rather than take what they say at face value, we invite Herald readers to come see for themselves, when we return to Miami next year, how our animals are truly thriving. To learn more about Ringling Bros. animal-care programs and our efforts to preserve the endangered Asian elephant, visit www.elephantcenter.com.
Stephen Payne, vice president, corporate communications, Feld Entertainment, Vienna, Va.