Since elephants are renowned for their good memories, let’s not forget what Ringling Bros. spokesman Stephen Payne told The Record late last year:
“The Asian elephant is the treasured symbol of Ringling Bros. and has been for 145 years. It’s a great responsibility that we take very seriously.”
Payne made the comment at a moment when the Stockton City Council was considering legislation that would have forced Ringling Bros. either to treat its elephants more humanely or not bring them along when the circus performed at Stockton Arena.
In December, Payne insisted there was no reason for Ringling Bros. to defend its treatment of elephants.
“We provide the highest level of care for elephants and all animals. We’re inspected almost constantly, which we’re fine with. What these ordinances come down to are a vocal group of animal-rights activists making claims that simply are not true.”
Today, though, we learned that Ringling Bros. will not be bringing elephants to Stockton — or anywhere else — by 2018.
Score one for elephants and for “vocal groups of animal-rights activists.”