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11/07/2011 12:22 pm ET Updated Jan 07, 2012

Ringling Brothers Circus: The Cruelest Show On Earth?

IT WAS A DRIZZLY WINTER DAY, and inside the Jacksonville Coliseum, Kenny, a three-year-old Asian elephant, was supposed to perform his usual adorable tricks in The Greatest Show on Earth: identifying the first letter of the alphabet by kicking a beach ball marked with an "A," twirling in a tight circle, perching daintily atop a tub, and, at the end of his act, waving farewell to the audience with a handkerchief grasped in his trunk.

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