Ringling Bros. to Close After a 146yr Run

*After much evaluation and deliberation, my family and I have made the difficult business decision that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® will hold its final performances in May of this year. Ringling Bros. ticket sales have been declining, but following the transition of the elephants off the road, we saw an even more dramatic drop. This, coupled with high operating costs, made the circus an unsustainable business for the company.

-Kenneth Feld, chairman and CEO of Feld Entertainment

Over the years, Ringling Bros and Barnum Bailey have been facing mounting obstacles: declining ticket sales, high operating costs and an increasingly negative public sentiment about forcing captive wild animals to perform as entertainment have threatened the very existence of their operation.

In 2015, Ringling Bros. announced it would stop using elephants in its shows. The beautiful wildlife mammals delivered their final performances last May and were then retired to a reserve in central Florida.

“All other animal circuses, roadside zoos, and wild animal exhibitors, including marine amusement parks like SeaWorld and the Miami Seaquarium, must take note: society has changed, eyes have been opened, people know now who these animals are, and we know it is wrong to capture and exploit them,” PETA said in a statement.

Adrielyn Christi

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