Activists had brought a lawsuit against the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, claiming they abuse their elephants.
That lawsuit was dismissed. So they took it to appeals court.
And now that appeals court has dismissed the case as well.
The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington didn't feel that the Animal Protection Institute and a former Ringling elephant trainer had any legal standing with which to sue the circus.
The lawsuit claimed that the circus is violating the elephants' protection under the Endangered Species Act with the use of billhooks for training purposes and extended periods of being chained down during long train rides between shows.
The defendants argued that the elephants are not hurt and everything they do is necessary to keep the public safe.
Seems like a loss for elephants everywhere.
Maybe PETA will move on from whales to elephants and pick up this lawsuit where it left off.
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