The Greatest Show on Earth is losing its biggest stars. And millions of Americans will miss them.
The circus elephants are leaving America’s towns because of community organizers — PETA activists. Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus won a resounding victory in federal court against other animal rights groups that claimed elephants are victims of abuse.
But ultimately the circus could not fight city hall. PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) persuaded dozens of key communities to pass local laws that effectively kept the circus from coming to their town. In part, PETA did this by exploiting women while condemning exploitation of elephants.
Bowing to years of pressure campaigns, Ringling Brothers will remove elephants from their shows in 2018, once they finish current tours and commitments. Thus ends 144 years of delight for children of all ages (which includes many of us grown-ups).