Ringling Brother’s circus comes to a close

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There are many Circus groups that travel around the United States. Nothing will ever be the same as the Ringling Brother’s Circus that is closing in May.

By Amanda Martin, Staff Writer

Family fun. Cotton candy. Clowns. Animals. Over 146 years of production and experience. All of these things contributed to make “The Greatest Show on Earth.”

According to a press released from Feld Entertainment, the Ringling Brother’s circus operation is closing down. The final performance will be on Sunday May 21, 2017 in Uniondale, NY.

This circus has been a recent target of activists stated that inhumane treatment of animals has been presented in the shows. Due to the increasing criticism from animal rights groups, the Ringling Brother’s circus got rid of all the elephant acts. PETA was among the loudest groups opposed of the circus and claimed a win this past weekend when the circus announced the closing. The PETA organization also has strong suggestions on where the circus animals should go after they retire in May, 2017.

The decline of ticket sales and the expensive operating costs “made the circus an unsustainable business for the company,” Feld said. Before saying the final goodbye, The Ringling Brother’s Circus will perform 30 shows around the United States between now and May.