Australia: An interim post-mortem report has indicated that Ray Williams, a 57-year-old trainer, died as a result of a broken back and a ruptured aorta inflicted by Arna, a circus elephant from the Stardust Circus.
Some doubt had existed over the cause of death as the trainer was known to have had a heart condition. Animal liberation groups have called for the elephant to be moved, saying that elephants that kill once often do so again.
"Now that Arna has had a taste of it - and if her situation is not changed - then the public is at risk. To put Arna before people, including children, would be irresponsible," said Animal Liberation spokesman Mark Pearson.