Barnum & Bailey Ringling Brother Circus, also known as the “The Greatest Show on Earth” has been struggling in the past few years. Changing cultural tastes and an increase of entertainment options have meant declining ticket sales. That coupled with the expense of having to move an entire circus across the country has meant the famed circus is shutting down for good in May.
Via Washington Post:
However, in recent years, the circus had been facing mounting obstacles that even its most acrobatic members could not overcome: declining ticket sales, high operating costs and an increasingly negative public sentiment about forcing captive wild animals to perform as entertainment.
“There isn’t any one thing,” Kenneth Feld, chairman and CEO of Feld Entertainment, told the Associated Press. “This has been a very difficult decision for me and for the entire family.”
Liberal activists whining about the treatment of elephants sped up the eventual demise.
“Ringling Bros. ticket sales have been declining, but following the transition of the elephants off the road, we saw an even more dramatic drop,” Kenneth Feld said in a statement Saturday. “This, coupled with high operating costs, made the circus an unsustainable business for the company.”
I loved going to the circus as a kid and as an adult. I even went for my 25th birthday with my wife and it was still a wonderful time. The show was filled with action and impressive feats. Of course the highlights were the tigers and elephants. You could see the trainers cared deeply for them and wouldn’t do anything to harm them or their quality of life.
Just a shame. 500 people are losing their jobs over this too.
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