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[VIDEO] Elephants Remain a Big Part of Royal Hanneford Circus

Ringmaster Billy Martin: Care for animals a "25-hour" a day job.

As the Royal Hanneford Circus continues its run this weekend at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, it's hard to miss three of the biggest attractions of the show — the elephants.

Ringmaster Billy Martin says the circus takes pride in its three elephants, and in the care that the circus staff gives the animals. He calls it a "25-hour" a day job making sure the elephants are well cared for.

The 38th annual showing of the circus at the County Center began on Saturday, and continues Sunday and Monday. Shows run Feb. 16, 17, and 18 at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Tickets to the Royal Hanneford Circus are available at the Westchester County Center Box Office or on ticketmaster.com198 Central Ave, White Plains. $23.50

John Gruber February 19, 2013 at 02:36 PM
there's a difference between taking an animals habitat and capturing it, whipping it, shocking it generally abusing it and making it do things they simply aren't meant to do. BIG difference
Kim February 19, 2013 at 02:38 PM
I wholeheartedly agree that a dialogue about the limits of human encroachment/entitlement is valuable. It is a complex issue. But here, I am trying to stick to the topic of circuses, for which it is a stretch of logic to prove a viable human need for circus entertainment. Where we can easily help animals, by finding alternate sources of entertainment, why not do it? Where it becomes more complicated, yes, it is a different dialogue. I'm astounded that this is such a hard sell regarding circuses.
joy February 19, 2013 at 02:56 PM
I agree.
Robert Guttman February 19, 2013 at 03:02 PM
I lost any respect that I ever had for "vegans" after I read about a "vegan" couple who were arrested for child abuse. It seems that they fed their infant only on soy milk, rather than real milk, because they didn't believe in consuming any animal products. As a result, the child died of malnutrition.
Teleman February 24, 2013 at 02:43 PM
Yes Ann, Frank Perdue was the next Pol Pot.

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