Break­ing amer­ica

World of Animals - - Ban­ning Cir­cuses -

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John Bill Rick­etts, a stu­dent from the Ast­ley rid­ing school, takes the circus con­cept to Amer­ica. He com­bines rid­ing tricks with ac­ro­bats, jug­glers and clowns.

In 2012, a UK court con­victed circus owner

Bobby Roberts of the mis­treat­ment of 58-year-old Asian ele­phant Anne. Se­cret film­ing by An­i­mal De­fend­ers In­ter­na­tional showed her groom, Ni­co­lai Nitu, beat­ing her with a pitch­fork. Chains held her to the floor, and her own­ers de­nied her treat­ment for her arthri­tis. She has since been res­cued and now lives at

Lon­gleat Sa­fari Park.

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