After a 146-year reign over the circus entertainment industry, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus hosted its last show on May 21 at the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island. The occasion marks the end of generations’ worth of animal abuse and a hard-earned victory for animal advocacy organizations like PETA, Last Chance for Animals, and countless others. The 40-50 animals, including tigers, llamas, camels, horses, and goats, will be free from the pressure to perform unnatural tricks, but the relief comes hard-earned.
Day One of KC saying no to Ringling Brothers cruelty
For decades, crowds of protesters have lined the gates outside of Ringling Bros. shows. They hoisted signs saying “Cruelest show on Earth,” and “Stop supporting slavery.” As the media began exposing the truth about the treatment of the animals, the crowds of protesters thickened. The circus’ parent company, Feld Entertainment, faced numerous lawsuits accusing them of inhumane treatment and animal abuse. With each new petition, protest, and proclaimed opinion, the striped monster of the entertainment world slowly lost its grip.
In 2011, Feld Entertainment was met with a $270,000 fine for violating the Animal Welfare Act. In 2016, they succumbed to the public’s demands and retired their herd of performing elephants. This was the biggest change the circus had made since the Feld family took over in 1967, but their acquiescence stemmed from public outrage, not concern for the well-being of their elephants.
Missing the allure of their prized elephants, ticket sales began to plummet. Coupled with rising controversy and legal costs, the end of the circus was announced only six months after the elephants took their final bow. Whether people stopped buying tickets because they missed the elephants or woke up to the horrors of animal entertainment, the change played a significant role in the circus’s demise.
A HELPLESS CHILD IS ABUSED TO MAKE THEM A CIRCUS SLAVE….for the greedy slave drivers called Ringling Brothers and…
Passionate protesters and advocacy organizations celebrated a victory as the curtain fell for the final time, but their fight isn’t over. It took decades of petitioning, detective work, and legal fights to bring about the change, but other animals used for entertainment don’t have the same amount of time.
The wild animals that have been used by Ringling Bros. lived in small cages, were trained through fear, and suffered countless injuries and illnesses. Babies were stolen from their mothers in the wild, and others were born into lives of dull captivity. They endured the sting of whips, prods, and bullhooks and lived as no wild animal was ever meant to. Unfortunately, the conditions at Ringling Bros. have never been unique.
Thank you to the protesters in Daytona Beach, FL for educating the public on circus abuse yesterday! Another big thank…
Ringling Bros. may have been the biggest name in the circus industry, but there are many other circuses, zoos, rental companies, and entertainment agencies still getting away with exploiting wild animals for the point of profit. When the curtain closed on May 21, animal protectors released a sigh of relief, but only to draw in breath to prepare for the next fight.
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