In response to Patrick Lynch's recent letter ("Release elephants now, not in 2018," April 3), yes, indeed. we are very proud of our animal care, and he is wrong — that is completely the point. Ringling Bros. is committed to the very best of care for its elephants and all the animals with the circus.
A vast majority of our herd was born at the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation and have been around people their entire lives. We've had 26 births as a part of our program, so clearly again Mr. Nottingham is wrong in his views. Our elephants are thriving and procreating to such a degree we have the only sustainable herd of Asian elephants in North America. By 2018, we will transition all of our elephants to the center, but that is a process that cannot be done overnight. A great deal of planning and possibly construction must be done so we can accommodate all our elephants in one location.
Again, in his recent letter, the writer clearly demonstrates a lack of understanding of what it takes to actually care for elephants. So rather than launch unsubstantiated attacks at Ringling Bros., I would ask the writer and all Baltimore Sun readers, what are you doing to actually save an endangered species from extinction? At Ringling Bros., the answer is clear. We are dedicated to making the motto for our Asian elephant conservation program a reality. Extinction? Not if we can help it!
Stephen Payne, Vienna, Va.
The writer is vice president for corporate communications with Feld Entertainment.