Breaking News: World Famous Ringling Bros. Circus To Close After 146 Years
ELLENTON, Fla. — The owners of Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced Saturday that they will close the 146-year-old show in May.
The chairman and ceo of Feld Entertainment, Kenneth Feld, Which is also the owner of the circus, said declining attendance combined with high operating costs is the reason for closing down the business.
(Editor’s note: Also many were getting tired of seeing animals in captivity and abused- but such a shame Ringling Bros could not be innovative and state “the show must go on” without the animals!)
The Feld family has owned the circus for 49 years, and employs some 500 people for the show. Those employees were told about the closure on Saturday night, after shows in Orlando and Miami. A handful will be placed in positions with the company’s other shows. They are also the owners of Disney on Ice, Monster Jam, and Marvel Live. Most will be out of a job but will be helped with job placement and relocation among housing relocation as well since a good amount of employees lived on the train they travelled by.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE ANIMALS?
In May of 2016, Ringling retired all of its elephants to a property in central Florida (Editor’s note- this is just miles from where we live on Central Florida coast) Forty elephants live at the Center for Elephant Conservation in Polk County. But the circus still has other animals, such as lions, tigers, camels, donkeys, alpacas, kangaroos and llamas.
Juliette Feld says homes will be found for the animals, but the company will continue operating the Center for Elephant Conservation.
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