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>> After 146 years, Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus announcing it will close up the big top. Feld Entertainment, the producers of the iconic circus company for nearly 50 years, citing declining ticket sales and high operating costs. The move putting a reported 400 cast and crew members out of work.
Taking a dig at the Ringling Brothers' slogan of the Greatest Show on Earth, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals welcomed the news on Twitter writing, after 36 years of PETA protests, which showed the world the plight of animal captivity, PETA heralds the end of the saddest show on earth.
The animal rights group, along with other activists, often opposed treatment of Ringling Brothers animals, such as the use of elephants to perform tricks, leading to years of litigation. One suit forcing Ringling Brothers to agree to a six figure fine several years before shutting down its popular elephant act last May.
The circus is set to end its run with performances in Providence, Rhode Island and Uniondale, New York in May.