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By: Tamara Lush

Ringling Circus Elephants to Retire in May

Associated Press

Ringling Bros touring elephants to retire in May 2016
In this Friday, Jan. 8, 2016 photo, an Asian elephant belonging to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, plays with a yellow traffic cone in her enclosure outside the American Airlines Arena in Miami. The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is ending its elephant acts a year and a half early, and will retire all of its touring elephants in May. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is ending its elephant acts a year and a half early, and will retire all of its touring elephants in May.

The move comes amid increasing scrutiny on circus elephant acts with local governments passing "anti-circus" and "anti-elephant" ordinances in response to concerns over animal cruelty.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ringling-brothers-barnum-and-bailey-circus-elephants_us_5694072ee4b0cad15e65babb

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