The Circus Brings Out the 'Dragons'

Jeff Malet

Performers from the farthest reaches of the earth assembled in Washington, D.C., for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey's production of "Dragons," to showcase its astounding acts of bravery and astonishing athleticism. While the circus has finished its run at the Verizon Center, you will see be able to still see performances in the D.C. area. The show will move to Baltimore's 1st Mariner Arena on March 27 through April 7 and conclude at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, April 10 through 21.

View our photos from opening night at the circus, March 21 at the Verizon Center, by clicking on the photo icons below.

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Apr 1, 2013 at 4:46 PM cj ellie

Once you learn about the abusive methods used by Ringling to train their wild animals behind closed doors you will never feel the same way about animal circuses.
Sammy Haddock trained baby elephants at Ringling’s Center for Elephant Conservation and took numerous pictures of these training sessions that happen twice a day for months, years or as long as it takes to break these baby elephants spirits. "The baby elephant is slammed to the ground," Haddock says. "See its mouth is wide open? It's screaming bloody murder. It doesn't have its mouth open for a carrot." http://www.ringlingbeatsanimals.com/pdfs/haddockDeclarationRedacted.pdf http://www.ringlingbeatsanimals.com/bound-babies.asp
Tippi Hedren founder of The Shambala Preserve talks about big cats and circus cruelty. http://www.looktothestars.org/news/8766-exclusive-interview-tippi-hedren-talks-big-cats-and-animal-cruelty
http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2011/10/ringling-bros-elephant-abuse
This recent video is narrated by Bob Barker former host of Price is Right called, “No Fun for Elephants“ To many, it looks like harmless fun, but elephants pay a heavy price for the few minutes of entertainment they provide when performing in circus shows. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYjrjQ_SGAk&feature=player_embedded

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