One Of The Oldest Circus Shuts Down To Give Way To Cruelty Free Entertainment

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Updated on 18 Jan, 2017 at 5:59 pm


What is that picture you see when someone pronounces the six letter word CIRCUS? 

Colour, magic and a cute fancy dress competition of smiling elephants. Right? 

Unfortunately, none of them are really smiling ever. 




Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus was started in 1919 and it’s been close to 146 years since they have been using animals to entertain. Finally, after much fire, the CEO Of Feld Entertainment made the announcement of its performance this year. 

“I have made the difficult business decision that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® will hold its final performances in May of this year,” CEO Kenneth Feld said.

After decades of pressure by animal rights activists and PETA, Ringlings Bros. had announced in 2015 that its “three circus companies that still tour the country, performing 1,000 shows a year, would phase out elephant acts, retiring all of the animals by 2018”. These activists had claimed that  Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus had beendragging “abused and exploited elephants from town to town, forcing them to wear silly costumes and perform stupid tricks in its Circus”.

But the decision came too soon because according to Feld, ever since the elephants were phased out, there was a dramatic drop in ticket sales. Before drawing the final curtains, the Ringling Bros., will perform 30 shows across the United States between now and May.

Perhaps Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus should have learned a trick or two about business without animals from famed Canadian Cirque du Soleil which has been a successful entertainment company being run without any exploitation of animals.

 “We don’t agree with the way the animals are dressed to do their tricks. We prefer to give jobs to human beings,” said Pierre Parisien from the renowned Quebec troupe that has inspired a circus renaissance around the globe.


What do you think, will India follow suit?


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