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When is the circus animal walk? There won't be one

Posted February 17, 2014
Updated February 18, 2014

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus stops at PNC Arena in Feburary 2014.

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will stop in Raleigh at the PNC Arena for eight shows starting Thursday. But unlike past years, there won't be an animal walk where the public can watch the elephants and other animals unloaded from the long circus train and walked into PNC Arena.

The circus is wrapping up its shows in Atlanta now. Here's a statement from Feld Entertainment, the company that produces the circus:

"In each city where it performs, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey thoroughly reviews a variety of factors that may affect transportation of our animals from the train to the venue.

This decision is made case-by-case. Many times, but not always, the mode of transportation is an animal walk. There are also cases when it is in the best interest of animals to be transported by trailer.

Because of our arrival time in Raleigh this year, which will be impacted by a series of changes to our show and travel schedule due to the inclement weather in Atlanta last week, and in the interest of safety, time and use of city resources, Ringling Bros. will transport our elephants to the PNC Arena by trailer this year."

In past years, the animals have been unloaded from the train on Hillsborough Street across from Dorton Arena on the N.C. State Fairgrounds before they make their way to PNC Arena.

Ringling Bros. runs Thursday to Feb. 23 at the PNC Arena. Tickets start at $15 plus fees ($13 on opening night). Click here for details.


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  • bylagoon Feb 18, 2014

    Circuses have been preying on children’s innocents and adults nostalgia for over a century, all the more reason that parents need to be informed about the events they make memories with their children.

  • sunshine1040 Feb 17, 2014

    I would think animal would prefer walk instead of another trailer ride. I know after driving on I95 I look forward to getting out and having a chance to stretch my legs. As for PETA sorry but it seems like animal are a lot like people why hunt for food when you can sit back on your couch and let somebody bring your food. Time each animal is in the ring is less then an hour a day less time then I wait to see a MD

  • carrboroyouth Feb 17, 2014

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    Very well said.

  • carrboroyouth Feb 17, 2014

    Circuses with animals are messed up. Go see a circus that features humans who volunteer to do such things... elephants and lions aren't meant to jump through hoops and stand on their back legs or be transported in trailers.

  • btneast Feb 17, 2014

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    LOL, you OBVIOUSLY were not around in the 60's.....racism is not gone by far, but it is MUCH better than then. Good grief, what an ignorant statement....

  • Itsmyopinion67 Feb 17, 2014

    What you people are not understanding is this --- Making it to the circus is a once in a lifetime thing!! Imagine for a moment if you had stripped Clay Aiken or Scotty McCreery of their opportunity at American Idol fame, and how mean that would have been. These lions and elephants are super stars!!! They are the Kardashians of the animal kingdom with no Kanye West! And you want to take away their rights to be performers? Well Mr. Peta -- it's a lions body and you have no right to tell that lion what to do with its body! If a lion wants to perform, then I say let it perform! Obviously it wants to perform, because really people, you think a stupid whip can stop the king of the jungle from having a trainer for lunch?

  • Janene DiPierro Feb 17, 2014
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    Peta needs to GET A LIFE!!!! I am a huge animal lover and unless there is a new danger to the public or animals stopping this tradition is just silly! Peta should spend more time worrying about homeless animals, gas chambers, dog fights, chicken fights, illegal hunts of precious animals in fenced in areas, such as buffaloe, giraffes, bear, lions, tigers and wolves,as well as horses being sold at auctions for meat! Stop taking away things we loved as children and couldn't wait to share with our children!

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Feb 17, 2014

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    Would love to see children being taught from the earliest age to respect and cherish every being with a beating heart instead.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Feb 17, 2014

    Personally, while I abhor anyone using other living beings for any reason, and circus animals clearly are "used" and sometimes even "abused", I applaud this decision because it will help to keep those "used" animals safe.

  • Patty MacRae Feb 17, 2014
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    They want to avoid PETA and other protesting groups. Too bad, the children love it.