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Letter: Elephants deserve protection, not forced performances

Letter: Elephants deserve protection, not forced performances

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Riding the circus elephants

Jarrell Wafford, 3, delights as he rides an elephant for the first time with is sister and nieces and nephew before the start of the Moolah Shrine Circus on Friday, Oct 8, 2021, at the Family Arena in St. Charles. Guests could pay to ride the circus elephants before and during intermission of the circus. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, lskrivan@post-dispatch.com

The Post-Dispatch is tone deaf by publishing a photo of children riding a Moolah Shrine Circus elephant (Oct. 8). It’s bad enough that Missouri is the puppy mill capitol of the country, but to celebrate an endangered species being forced to perform is too much.

The Moolah Shrine Circus should retire all its elephants to the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, and Missouri should enact legislation to protect elephants and other wild animals.

Julie Mordica • Kirkwood

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