WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus had a case thrown out against them, accusing the operation of abusing elephants.
During the trial back in February and March, Tom Rider and the Animal Protection Institute alleged that the circus troupes used bullhooks and prolonged chaining as a means to control Asian elephants.
Rider and the API said was a violation of the Endangered Species Act.
Feld Entertainment argued that the instruments are necessary to keep the pachyderms under control and protect public safety.
A U.S. District Court Judge, however, ruled that Rider and the API did not have legal standing against the circus.
Feld's attorneys said their elephants are healthy, alert and well-cared for.
Online reporting by Thomas Strieker
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