Bullhooks used on circus elephants in Atlanta despite county ban
Fulton County banned bullhooks in June, but a superior court judge overruled the ban for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Bullhooks are tools with long handles and a sharp hook at one end that allows trainers to apply varying degrees of pressure to sensitive spots on an elephant’s body. Circuses say the tools are necessary for the safe handling of elephants, but critics say bullhooks are harmful to the animals.
Ringling circus settles USDA charges on animal care
The owner of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has agreed to pay a $270,000 fine to settle charges it violated federal animal welfare laws.
U.S. circuses circle their wagons against elephants law
Circuses are fighting a proposed law that would ban using elephants under the big top, a tradition that animal rights activists say causes suffering.
Should Nik Wallenda be allowed to cross Niagara Falls on a tightrope?
The high-wire act would be the first in more than a century — if government officials let him do it.