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Denmark just spent $1.6 million to let its last four circus elephants retire

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When animals are liberated from circuses — whether it's due to animal protection laws changing, the circus going out of business, or the animals needing to retire — there's always the question of what will happen to them. Sometimes, they have a pretty grim fate once their time on stage is over (more on that below), but four circus elephants in Denmark are facing a much brighter future thanks to the country's government, which is spending over a million dollars on the elephants' retirement.

According to Denmark's Food and Fisheries Minister Mogens Jensen, the Danish government is moving towards a ban on using all wild animals in circuses across the country, as reported by PBS. So in anticipation of that, the government is spending 11 million kroner ($1.6 million) to buy the country's remaining circus elephants, and ensure that they are set for retirement.