‘The Cruelest Show on Earth’ is FINALLY Ending
146 YEARS RUNNING. 146 years of torture and abuse and the end is in sight. Ringling Brothers Circus will hold its final show on May 21st in New York.
Just a year ago, Ringling held their last show featuring elephants. The traveling circus - often referred to by animal rights activists as The Cruelest Show on Earth - felt intense pressure from those same activists and animal rights groups for years. Each city Ringling visited brought a huge crowd of protesters in front of the entrance, drawing circus-goers' attention to the brutality that existed behind the curtain. The public became increasingly more aware of the behind-the-scenes pain and agony that elephants used for entertainment are subjected to day after day. Lonely, isolated, chained in one place, and beaten with bullhooks and other tools designed to inflict pain.
"Ticket sales have been declining, but following the transition of the elephants off the road, we saw an even more dramatic drop," said Kenneth Feld, chairman and CEO of Feld Entertainment - the company that produces the Ringling Brothers Circus.
The optimistic side of me loves to fantasize that the public does give a shit about holding animals in isolated captivity - chained to the ground, depriving them of everything that is natural - while mercilessly beating them into submission. However, the performing elephants were the main attraction and (quite possibly) exactly what the public was paying to see. So, it's conceivable that - even though Ringling continued to use tigers, camels, horses, llamas and goats - removing the elephants from the show played a role (even partially) in the decline of profit.
Nonetheless, a victory is a VICTORY!
The fat lady is singing. Our culture is progressing. Just yesterday, The Dodo posted an article, "Circus Tiger Whipped 31 Times In 2 Minutes By Angry Trainer." The poor tiger cowers when she sees the whip. The savage life for animals exploited for entertainment used to be a subject matter that was only acknowledged by "crazy animal rights activists." Now, the topic is becoming more mainstream. The injustice is being exposed and general public is becoming more mindful.
There are currently about 30 other circuses throughout the nation that exist by exploiting and abusing animals. Now is not the time to back down. Let's flashback to Trump's tweets regarding Ringling and their decision to eliminate elephants from their shows. It's clear the leader of our country doesn't give two fucks about animal torture and abuse.
Sure - we will always have a trainwreck of dolts representing the side of humanity that I despise. Now, more than ever, keep fighting and educating. Stay inspired, be inspired, be the one that inspires, to keep fighting for those that don't have a voice. As Hillary told us, "...Please never stop believing that fighting for what's right is worth it."
Celebrate for the 33 former circus lions experiencing freedom - finally feeling the sun on their backs and grass under their feet after a lifetime of misery and abuse in traveling circuses. Read more HERE.