Unformatted text preview: lorcement. a specific amma training
regimen that is based on mutual trust
and respect between the trainer and
the animal. At Ringing, animal train
ing always begins in the animal’s
infancy, and involves teaching the
animal to perform alongside humans,
as well as requiring that the difficulty
of a given trick never exceed an aid
rnal’s abilities. The company also
expressly forbids trainers to whip.
beat, physically or verbally abuse or
withhold food or nter from animals
n training methods.
To ensure the health and safety of
the arilnials. Ringing maintains teams
of trainers for each type of animal, a
stablemaster, and a full-time veteri
narian and veterinaijan’s assistant. As
part of their normal care, Ringling’s
animals are given daily health inspec
tions and exercise, proper diets, clean
and exemplary housing conditions.
and regular personal contact with
people. Also, to deal with emergen
cies. the company maintains veteri
narians on call in each city where the
show will tour.
Ringling’s animal safety program
results in healthy, well-conditioned
animals that enjoy longer lives than their counterparts in the wild.
Ringing also provides 24-hour secun
cy for the animals, whether they are
being housed, transported or perform
ing. Also, since circus animaLs are a
source of joy to spectators. many visi
tors may be tempted to touch or pet
an animaL. However, since touching of
animals represents a possible public
liability exposure. Ringling cordons
animals off from the public, prior to.
during and after a show, as well as
during the traditional animal walk,
when the circus marches the animals
into town to Idck off an engagement.
Since the natural habitat for many
wiLd animals is gradually disappear
ing, Ringling believes it can pLay a
major roLe in the preservation and
maintenance of animal species. En
1985. RingLing established an ele
phant farm in central Florida where
captive breeding progrims are used
for performance animals. Earlier this
year. two elephants named Romeo
and juLiette, were born at the farm.
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