Published: Thu, January 19, 2017
Entertainment | By Alexander Flowers

Town of McGregor reacts to end of Ringling Bros. Circus

Town of McGregor reacts to end of Ringling Bros. Circus

After 146 years in show business, the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus is set to close.

Modern audiences now have many entertainment options and do not want to see shows where animals are made to suffer for a few minutes of entertainment.

The circus and I go way back.

I'm not quite believing the Kenneth Feld (CEO of Ringling Bros) rhetoric. Declining ticket sales are a sign of the times. But officials never anticipated the sharp drop in sales after the elephants retired in 2016.

"It helps us show that the art of circus is alive and well", Quiroga said. After 1956, the circus no longer performed under tents, moving to arenas.

Two ringmasters spoke to News4Jax about what's next for the hundreds of performers and animals involved. Those final 11 pachyderms from both traveling shows joined the herd of 29 elephants at the Florida center. My family wouldn't be here, I wouldn't be here. "This has been a very hard decision for me and the entire family". But, before they take their final bow, the circus will perform 30 shows across the United States between now and May. There we were driving down a dense wooded trail when out of the blue we could see a single elephant to the left.

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Actress and animal rights advocate Pamela Anderson posted on twitter in response to the company's announcement: "IT'S OVER". But they lost in the court of public opinion.

Animal rights activists put pressure on cities where the circus toured. Feld says they will begin to look for proper places for them. The company met increasing difficulty bringing the elephants from city to city. In 1881 it officially became the circus that generations grew up watching and saw many evolutions over the years, most recently with its decision to retire its elephant acts. But when competing with television, video games and social media, the circus lost. Image source: Feld Entertainment. A handful will be placed in positions with the company's other, profitable shows - it owns Monster Jam, Disney on Ice and Marvel Live, among other things - but most will be out of a job.

More relevant to today, however, those elegant grounds are home to the Ringling Museum of the American Circus, established in 1948, the first to document the rich history of the circus, wildly popular in its heyday - which lasted more than a century.

And what much of the once circus-loving public has seen has neither been pretty nor entertaining.

The company had long and costly legal battles against them, including one they won in 2015 for $15.75 million.

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