May 21, 2017 Alexander Lacey gave an emotional speech to the crowd and thanked them for their support after he finished his lion and tiger act during the final performance of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in Uniondale, N.Y. He then had a quiet moment with his favorite lion. Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post
Feld Entertainment and the circus' workers have repeatedly denied mistreating animals, and the company has said it has found homes for all of the 50 or so animals with the show.
Any animals that are owned by the show's presenters will remain with them, including Lacey's famous big cats, while the show's other tigers will go to a center that specializes in tigers, company spokesman Stephen Payne told NBC News earlier this week.
Payne said that because of privacy concerns, the company isn't releasing specific information on where all the animals are going, but he insisted that they had to meet Feld's standards for a "high level of care."
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