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December 29, 2012

Ringling circus owners win $9.3M settlement

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As part of the settlement, ASPCA officials said Friday that their organization does not admit any liability or wrongdoing.

ASPCA CEO and President Ed Sayres, in a prepared statement, said the federal court that ruled on the 2000 lawsuit threw the case out without ruling on the merits of the elephant-abuse allegations.

“In fact, this litigation stopped being about the elephants a long time ago,” Sayres said, adding that the organization ultimately decided to resolve the case to avoid the further expense of protracted litigation. “We are glad to put this matter behind us so we can focus most effectively on our life-saving work, preventing cruelty and improving the welfare of animals.”

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