The Week in Animal News: Ringling Bros. Animal Abuse, Canadians Put Price Tag on Polar Bears, and More

Traveling Circus Mistreats Elephants and Big Cats

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For well over a century, the Ringling Bros. traveling circus has raked in a big top's worth of profit showcasing a variety of exotic animal billed as 'performers' -- though in light of new revelations as to how they're treated, 'indentured servants' might be a more apt title.

Following a slew of rather disturbing animal-welfare violations, the Greatest Show on Earth has agreed to settle a USDA dispute by paying $270,000 and promising to improve conditions for animals -- like by not making their elephants perform while sick, or feeding their big cats meat tainted with feces.

READ THE FULL STORY: Ringling Bros. Fined For Animal-Welfare Violations