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No circus elephant walk planned this week

Posted February 2, 2015

Ever wonder what it is like being a circus clown?'s Kathy Hanrahan went behind-the-scenes with Ringling Bros. to find out.

I've gotten some emails and Facebook messages about the traditional circus animal walk that comes ahead of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. The circus is in town this week with shows Wednesday to Sunday at the PNC Arena in Raleigh.

The walk has been an annual tradition here for some families, who watched the elephants unload from the long circus train and make a short walk to the PNC Arena. Like last year, there will be no public event. Last year, Feld Entertainment, the company that produces the circus, said that the elephants would be moved from the train to the PNC Arena by trailer instead.

A quick online search finds that the walks also have been canceled in other cities in the last couple of years as well.



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  • bylagoon Feb 3, 2015

    Ringling is canceling the walks because they don’t want the public to see how lame many of their elephants have become. This USDA inspection report of 12/2014 documents that Ringling is not medically treating several lame elephants because the elephants are in boxcars for several days at a time.

  • Cindy Rose Feb 3, 2015
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    Thanks to PETA for ruining another long standing tradition.

  • George Herbert Feb 3, 2015
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    Cirque du Soleil has proven that you can have a great circus without animal cruelty. I wonder how long it will take Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey to catch on.

  • Gsp Winner Feb 3, 2015
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    We went one time and that was enough for us. Too many half dressed people and the tigers where in cages and you could hardly see them. Yeah, cruel and kind of boring.

  • Mary Skokauckas Feb 2, 2015
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    The circus is cruel and an inhumane setting g for wild animals

  • Southern Girl Feb 2, 2015

    It always makes me so sad to see the way those elephants are handled. They don't look like they enjoy performing or being poked. Therefore, we don't go any more. No need to pay to be sad.