Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is closing its tent flap after 146 years in business citing high operational costs and low attendance.
The Feld family, who own what is known as “The Greatest Show on Earth,” said ticket sales fell drastically when the elephant acts were nixed at the behest of animal rights groups like People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
“We know now that one of the major reasons people came to Ringling Bros. was getting to see elephants,” Juliette Feld told the Associated Press. “We stand by that decision. We know it was the right decision. This was what audiences wanted to see and it definitely played a major role.”
PETA heralded the decision as a victory.
“After 36 years of PETA protests, which have awoken the world to the plight of animals in captivity, PETA heralds the end of what has been the saddest show on earth for wild animals, and asks all other animal circuses to follow suit, as this is a sign of changing times,”PETA President Ingrid Newkirk said in a statement to the Associated Press.
But Conservative Queen of Sarcasm Ann Coulter said it wasn’t the elephant acts that caused the low ticket sales for the circus. It was the election circus, brought to you by American Democrats, that Ringling Bros. wasn’t able to compete with.
Ringling Bros. Circus has closed. They just couldn’t compete with the Democrats since the election.
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) January 15, 2017
She might have a point.
@AnnCoulter Democrats Stole all of their Clowns!!
— TRUMP**DOG (@FURDOG54) January 15, 2017
— Adina N (@adinanasar) January 15, 2017
@AnnCoulter A coincident that the Dems are leaving and Ringling Bros. circus is closing – I think not,
— Proud_Infidel (@Proud__Infidel) January 15, 2017
President-elect Donald Trump hasn’t yet commented on the circus closing but he did say in 2015 that he was not going to attend anymore because it booted the elephants.
Ringling Brothers is phasing out their elephants. I,for one, will never go again. They probably used the animal rights stuff to reduce costs
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 5, 2015
.@RinglingBros is retiring their elephants– the circus will never be the same.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2016
Responses varied on news of the final tent-folding:
— Belinda Carlisle (@belindaofficial) January 15, 2017
damn after 146 years The Ringling Bros circus has officially closed, what a run! i went twice and loved it. times are changing for real
— Erwin Reyes (@illerwinati) January 15, 2017
@FoxNews good!!! What they did to those poor animals is terrible
— RICHELLE RYAN (@RICHELLERYAN) January 15, 2017
— Tim Spears (@tspears026) January 15, 2017
Good. It may have been good wholesome fun 100 years ago. But today, it was just watching animals being abused under a tent.@FoxNews
— Bad John Brown (@bad_bad_bernie) January 15, 2017
@FoxNews they were probably bullied by PETA and Obama
— BIGBLUE92 (11-5) (@cmtthws92) January 15, 2017
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