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Circus World committed to keeping elephants in acts

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BARABOO, Wis. (AP) -- Circus World, with its roots in the Ringling Bros., says it's committed to keeping elephants in its shows in Baraboo.

The parent company of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus plans to eliminate elephants from its circus performances by 2018. Feld Entertainment says some cities and counties have passed "anti-circus" and "anti-elephant" ordinances, making touring difficult with changing regulations.

Baraboo was home to the Ringling Brothers when they began their first tour as a circus in 1884. Today, Circus World continues big top shows with performers from all over the world. Executive director Scott O'Donnell says Circus World has a great environment for the elephants and an exemplary record for keeping them safe.

O'Donnell tells WKOW-TV state and federal inspectors visit the circus regularly.

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