The cruel horror that is The Ringling Bros. Circus is finally closing down, and going the way of it’s historic cousin relics – the traveling snake oil salesmen and the freak-shows of yesteryear.
It was during the 1940s that people came to see the cruelty and horror involved in exploiting deformed and disfigured people in freak-shows, but it has taken until this millennium for the same horror to be felt when cruelty and humiliation towards animals is witnessed.
Famous A-list celebs have praised the news of the closure. Pamela Anderson was quoted as saying “IT’S OVER,” Seth MacFarlane, creator of Family Guy, tweeted his feelings of “Good riddance” to the circus, and comedian Ricky Gervais declared it a “victory for humanity.”
Due to cease performances in May 2017, the circus had already phased out elephants from their acts due to media exposes on the unethical treatment of these large, intelligent and beautiful creatures.
The circus still has been demanding that lions, tigers, camels, dogs and horses perform unnatural acts to delight crowds. But according to CEO Kenneth Feld, those crowds have lost interest since the elephants have been gone. Others, however, believe ticket sales were dwindling because people are becoming more compassionate.
Elephants had been the main attraction since the inception of the circus in 1871
Originally formed by the Rungeling Brothers from Wisconsin, who for ease of use changed their name to Ringling.
They eventually merged with another famous circus troupe and became “Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.” They quickly rose to be the most popular circus company in the United States, and would travel between towns and cities on mile long circus trains, where they would tour and erect enormous tents with up to 3 rings.
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