On May 21, we celebrated the four year anniversary of the end of Ringling Bros Barnum & Bailey Circus! Take a stroll down memory lane and watch videos and see our pics from the final Ringling protest. CWI was a leading organization in the support of protests and other actions against Ringling. We were proud to have co-hosted the final demonstration in New York! Ringling has been back in the news recently due to the relocation of 12 of the elephants formerly owned by Feld Ente
CWI is happy to share the amazing news that the state of Colorado has banned the use of wild animals in circuses! We thank all of our Coloradan supporters who responded to our calls for action in support of the bill. Colorado joins California, Hawaii, and New Jersey in banning wild or exotic animals in traveling circus performances. (Illinois and New York have banned the use of elephants in circuses.) Since 2017, CWI has worked with a determined local animal advocate who conf
Tragically, Tai, an elephant made famous due to her numerous appearances in feature films, was reported by her captors to have passed away after a "brief illness."
Tai's owners were forced to leave California after the state passed a bill outlawing the use of injurious weapons on elephants. At that juncture they changed their name from "Have Trunk Will Travel" to "The Preserve" and set up shop in Texas, which still allows the torture and beating of elephants. Just a couple o
This is Bo. Bo was born at Busch Gardens in Tampa and is presently 34 years old. He was torn away from his family at less than ONE YEAR OLD and sent to California for training under the notorious animal abuser Gary Johnson. In the wild, male Asian elephants remain with their mothers until age 16. What we then can't see during that period is the brutal training methods that would have been used to train Bo to perform stupid circus tricks. Those methods involve pain, fear, rope