Journalist Carol Bradley, the author of "Last Chain on Billie," says that, unfortunately, many smaller circuses provide elephant rides.
"People want to ride elephants and want their children to because they are in awe of the animals," she told The Dodo. "I shudder at the thought of anyone riding a captive elephant because they can and have gone crazy because of their captivity."
Bradley also describes the life of an exotic animal in a traveling circus as a grueling existence on the road with little opportunity for exercise or social interaction.
"They live on the back of semi-tractor trailers," she said. "That is their home. For most of the year, these animals are on the road and they are restrained in some way. They are tethered, and in cold months they don't even get to mill about in the parking lot between shows. If people think that circus animals spend a fraction of their time performing and most of their time living freely in some big meadow, that is not true."
On its homepage, Circus Pages touts a photo of Daisy and Bambi frolicking in their "private pond."