Ringling Bros. Announce Final Performance
Last year, Ringling Bros. announced that they were putting an end to their elephant acts by May 2016. A year later, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus have announced that “The Greatest Show on Earth” will come to an end this May. The news comes directly from their website, which attributes the decision to declining ticket sales:
“The decision to end the circus tours was made as a result of high costs coupled with a decline in ticket sales, making the circus an unsustainable business for the company. Following the transition of the elephants off the circus, the company saw a decline in ticket sales greater than could have been expected.”
Ingrid Newkirk, president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), stated:
“PETA heralds the end of what has been the saddest show on Earth for wild animals, and asks all other animal circuses to follow suit, as this is a sign of changing times.”
Wayne Pacelle, CEO and president of The Humane Society of the United States, stated in a Facebook post that while he knows “this is bittersweet for the Feld family,” he applauds “their decision to move away from an institution grounded on inherently inhumane wild animal acts.”
The 2017 tour will include 30 stops before coming to a final end in May.
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