Although Feld Entertainment, the owner of Barnum and Bailey Circus, has not corroborated the story, the company has filed a request to renew a permit with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the interstate sale and captive breeding of Asian elephants, presumably those that were retired from the circus after its closure. Currently the animals are living at the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus Center for Elephant Conservation in Polk County. News of the permit request has caused some alarm, particularly for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) as Feld stated when the show closed that the "elephants were no longer going to be used for entertainment, but rather for science, aiding cancer research." PETA asserts that care for the animals, which is not Feld's industry, is creating a cost issue that Feld no longer wants to maintain. Feld has simply stated, "The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation is still operating, and elephants are being cared for there."
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