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Through enlightenment and knowledge, mankind moves forward, albeit at times at a slug-like pace. What was once viewed as folly and entertainment by human beings takes on a more important and meaningful perspective through knowledge and learning.

A classic example of that is the unfortunate elephants that are still being abused by Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus ("As elephants eat at Lexington Market, groups protest Ringling Bros.," April 1).

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It's high time that Ringling Brothers let its elephants go. Stephen Payne, a spokesman for Feld Entertainment, stated, "We are very proud of our animal care." (Feld Entertainment is responsible for the elephants' care while traveling and performing for the circus.)

I do not believe that is the inherent issue. Rather, it is the pathetic fact that these animals are taken from their habitats and are forced into lives of close-quarter confinement, training and performing. It is inherently wrong that elephants are forced to live in environments that are totally antithetical to the elements in which they thrive and procreate.

Feld Entertainment needs to cease being slug-like on this matter. Let these creatures go immediately, not in 2018. To do anything otherwise is foolhardy and so obviously inhumane.

Patrick R. Lynch, Nottingham

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