146 Years Later The Ringling Bros. Circus Goes Dark

On May 21st, ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’, the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey will go dark. It started in 1871 and has gone for 146 years, surviving the Depression, but will now finally shut down because of dwindling audiences. For a decade, ticket sales have decreased, especially in 2016 when the elephants left the ring. The circus has been battling animal rights organizations and accusations of elephant abuse for years, even winning a total of $25 million in two settlements. Public opinion supported animal rights however, because an online campaign against their elephant tactics further damaged the circus’ reputation.   

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