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Come One, Come All … Anyone?

Written by Jennifer O'Connor | August 18, 2014

SeaWorld isn’t the only business that’s seeing empty seats, as more and more people are refusing to buy a ticket to watch broken animals perform stupid tricks. The number of performances offered by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus this year shows a significant decline.

Baby elephants being trained to sit up on a tub

While Ringling had a total of 617 show dates last year, they’ve only scheduled 544 performances for 2014. Even in Florida, which is home to Ringling’s headquarters and cruel breeding compound, it appears that interest is plummeting. In Miami, the circus scheduled less than half the number of performances it offered last year.

Ringling had a total of 20 show dates across New York State in 2014—seven fewer than last year.

When Mexico City banned the use of animals in circuses earlier this year, Ringling may have realized that its days are numbered. Last year, the circus spent 19 days there, but only 12 in 2014, and in Monterrey—the only other city in Mexico that the circus traveled to—its run dropped from 12 days to five.

Perhaps a newspaper review from a couple years ago titled, “Ringling Circus Is Mostly a Waste” summed it up best: “The two-hour performance, full of mile-wide smiles and surface sheen hiding an almost frantic desperation to be ‘the greatest show on Earth,’ seems pale and hokey in 2011, following a quarter-century of the genuine polish, showmanship, artistry and human achievement of Cirque du Soleil and its ilk.”

What You Can Do

Continue to stay away from Ringling shows and talk to friends and family who may still be in the dark about the circus’s cruel treatment of animals. Also, ask Living Social to stop supporting this sinking ship with ticket promotions.

 

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  • Gabrielle Des Roches says:

    JUST LOOK AT THIS POOR BABY, BEING LITERALLY TORTURED, IN AN ATTEMPT TO “TEACH” IT THE TRICKS THAT ARE GOING TO MAKE THE OWNERS OF THE CIRCUS FILTHY (IN MORE THAN ONE WAY) RICH :’( :’(

  • Susan jacobs says:

    Free all creatures, great and small!

  • Diane Lyle says:

    We as the human race have to ban together and do the best we can to protect these beautiful mGestic animals. By abusing them in circuses, and by going to see these shows, we Re all equally as guilty S their F ing trainers!!!!!

  • etienne says:

    Circus people must be taken, this cruelty against elephants must be strictly prohibited. Animals have nothing in the human world to do, they are created for the wild !!!

  • I AM SO TIRED OF SEEING MANKIND ABUSE ANIMALS.

  • we don’t want to see anymore animals going round in circles with someone cracking a whip at them and they putting them in small cages and then loading them up and going on to the next town. We think it is bad for children to see as it teaches them to objectify the animal, to think that animals are there fore our entertainment.

  • HASCOET says:

    STOP NOW !!! c’est de la barbarie !!!

  • julie says:

    This is not right

  • Howard Edelstein says:

    People are finally realizing how much cruelty goes into a circus that includes animals. Ringling could put on a fine show if they would just leave the animals out of it. Otherwise, their days are definitely numbered.

  • I think each and every one of the shows which are cancelled will take us nearer to our goal. I think this is amazing news and show that people are actually waking up for the horrific treatment of animals under the pretense of entertainment. We won’t stop our fight until the shows reach 0 shows/year though. Poor poor orcas and other animals suffering in Ringlin Bros circuses.

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