*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.
BREAKING: After 36 years of protests, #RinglingBros Circus will shut down in May. PETA heralds the end of what has been the saddest show on earth for wild animals, & asks all other animal circuses to follow suit, as this is a sign of changing times. Thank you to all who have spoken out! Read more in bio!
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.