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Connections: The end of the circus and the future of animals in captivity

The circus is shutting down for good in May. Ticket sales have been declining, especially since the circus buckled to public pressure to remove elephants from the show.

We have a conversation about what the future holds for animals in the spotlight -- from the circus, to zoos, to marine parks. And what do we know about how the animals respond to their work in captivity? Our guests:

  • Dr. Lawrence Torcello, associate professor in the Department of Philosophy at RIT
  • Dr. Dawn Rager, associate professor in the Department of Psychology at St. John Fisher College
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.