Ringling Bros. has announced that it will cease using elephants in its circuses by 2018. Feld Entertainment, Ringling's parent company, has sited public concern over the welfare of elephants in circuses, as well as legislation passed in several cities either banning outright the use of exotic animals in circuses, or the painful devices used on animals, as it's reasons for retiring the elephants. We consider this a victory, but there is more work to be done. We at Action for Animals Austin want all animals removed from circuses. Read the press release from our sister organization, Austin for Cruelty Free Entertainment.