31 May '14, 4pm

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Photo: angela n. /Creative Commons Your impressions of zoos and circuses may be all about healthy animals, up-close glimpses of rare creatures, and the captive breeding programs that can bring endangered species back from the brink -- but not all of these animal owners are so ethical, so qualified, or so kind. All around the world, stories of abuse, death, illness, beatings, and other stomach-turning animal treatment have inspired bans on zoos and circuses -- but many of these actions still go on. 1. Anne the Elephant Video: YouTube In March, this video of workers at the traveling Bobby Roberts Super Circus in the UK beating a 59-year-old elephant named Anne inspired the country's Environment Secretary, Caroline Spelman, to ban all wild animals from circuses. The undercover footage shows Anne chained up for hours at a time, beaten on her back leg -- where she has arthritis...

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