Friday letters: Ringling Bros. cares for animals

05/02/2014 12:00 AM

05/01/2014 5:34 PM

Amelia Linder’s March 28 letter (“Circus treats animals badly”) stretched the truth about every issue it raised and did a disservice to the professional men and women with Ringling Bros. Circus who are dedicated to caring for animals.

The letter made unsubstantiated claims about Ringling Bros. animal care. At Ringling Bros., the care of our animals is a top priority. Everyone who comes to Ringling Bros. can see that the animals are healthy and well cared for in a safe and comfortable environment. In addition, we are inspected by federal, state and local animal welfare officials in nearly every city we visit. We are dedicated to the care and conservation of the endangered Asian elephant, with a portion of each ticket going to support our Center for Elephant Conservation and the range countries were these magnificent animals are threatened.

Rather than take what animal rights activists say at face value, we hope families will come and see for themselves our outstanding animal care when we return next year.

Stephen Payne

Vice President, Feld Entertainment (parent company of Ringling Bros.)

Vienna, Va.

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