By INDYKIDS STAFF

Photo: Flickr/Shygantic
Photo: Flickr/Shygantic

Animal rights groups and Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus went to court in February to decide if the circus is violating the Endangered Species Act by mistreating elephants. Circus employees handle elephants with sharply pointed tools, called bullhooks, and keep them in chains for days. John Simpson, defense lawyer for the circus, says the elephants “enjoy this experience,” but animal rights groups say the animals are suffering.