Latest Circuses News

New California law bans most animals from circuses

Oct. 12, 2019 2:08 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a law banning most animals from circuses. The law exempts rodeos and does not apply to domesticated dogs, cats and horses. California is now the third state to enact such a ban, joining New Jersey and Hawaii. Circuses have been declining in...

California governor signs law banning most animals from circuses

Oct. 12, 2019 2:04 PM EDT
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California governor signs law banning most animals from circuses.

2 victims of 1944 circus fire exhumed in ID attempt

Oct. 7, 2019 6:19 PM EDT

WINDSOR, Conn. (AP) — Authorities exhumed the bodies Monday of two victims of the 1944 Hartford circus fire in the hopes of determining whether one of them is a woman who is among five people still listed as missing after the tragedy. The exhumations at Northwood Cemetery in Windsor, Connecticut, occurred...

Robots made famous on YouTube could be headed to circus

Sep. 26, 2019 5:20 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Animal-like robots that started out as a military-funded research project might be shipped off to the circus instead of the battlefield. Cirque du Soleil says it's in talks with robot maker Boston Dynamics about using the four-legged Spot robot in its live shows. The agile robots walk, climb...

Denmark buys 4 circus elephants to retire them

Sep. 2, 2019 11:27 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark is spending 11 million kroner ($1.6 million) to buy the country's last four circus elephants to give them a proper retirement as the government moves to ban wild animals in circuses. Food and Fisheries Minister Mogens Jensen says a ban on wild animals in circuses is...