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Ringling Bros. Elephant Abuse Trial

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Ringling Bros. Elephants
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In February of 2009, the trial finally began in a long-running elephant abuse lawsuit against the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Plaintiffs included animal protection groups and a former Ringling Bros. employee, who alleged that Ringling Bros. abuses their Asian elephants, in violation of the Endangered Species Act. On December 30, 2009, the federal district court for the District of Columbia issued their opinion, ruling for the circus because plaintiffs lacked standing.
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