Midday Sunday: LA's Role In Phasing Out The Elephant Act

(FOX 11) The Ringling Bros., Barnum & Bailey Circus is giving in to pressure put on it by Los Angeles and other cities to treat its elephants more humanely. Beginning in 2018, "the Greatest Show on Earth" will no longer have elephants in its shows.

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Last year, the Los Angeles City Council approved a measure introduced by Paul Koretz, representing the city's 5th District, to ban the use of bull hooks, baseball bats, axe handles and other implements to control elephants using fear and pain.

Watch on YouTube | Midday Sunday: The Treatment Of Elephants (Part 1)

At the time, RBB&B objected strenuously but decided to change its elephant policy earlier this month. Koretz has been at the forefront of changes that make the city more animal aware and pet friendly.

Watch on YouTube | Midday Sunday: The Treatment Of Elephants (Part 2)

Joining Koretz for Sunday's program is Madeline Bernstein, president of the Los Angeles chapter of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. In addition to her support for Los Angeles' ban on elephant mistreatment, Ms. Bernstein has a very long listory of working to protect the health and welfare of all animals.

The Ringling Bros., Barnum & Bailey Circus has a website which explains its policy on the treatment of elephants. Go to ringling.com then click on the tab for the Center for Elephant Conservation.

Today's program includes an update on the elephant exhibit at the Los Angeles Zoo. After years of controversy focused primarily on the health and welfare of Billy the Elephant, the zoo recently opened a $42 million dollar habitat designed to improve the quality of life for Billy and his female roommates, Tina and Jewel. For more information go to LAZoo.org.

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