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Hope they are happy :-( 500 out of work Ringling Done !

Old 01-15-2017, 06:10 AM
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Well the animal rights "activists"
Have driven the final nails in the Circus coffin !!!
500 out of work and an American Icon GONE !!!

http://www.baynews9.com/content/news...os_circus.html
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Old 01-15-2017, 06:23 AM
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After 146 years, the curtain is coming down on "The Greatest Show on Earth." The owner of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus told The Associated Press that the show will close forever in May.

The iconic American spectacle was felled by a variety of factors, company executives say. Declining attendance combined with high operating costs, along with changing public tastes and prolonged battles with animal rights groups all contributed to its demise.

"There isn't any one thing," said Kenneth Feld, chairman and CEO of Feld Entertainment. "This has been a very difficult decision for me and for the entire family."

The company broke the news to circus employees Saturday night after shows in Orlando and Miami.

Ringling Bros. has two touring circuses this season and will perform 30 shows between now and May. Major stops include Atlanta, Washington, Philadelphia, Boston and Brooklyn. The final shows will be in Providence, Rhode Island, on May 7 and in Uniondale, New York, at the Nassau County Coliseum on May 21.

The circus, with its exotic animals, flashy costumes and death-defying acrobats, has been a staple of entertainment in the United States since the mid-1800s. Phineas Taylor Barnum made a traveling spectacle of animals and human oddities popular, while the five Ringling brothers performed juggling acts and skits from their home base in Wisconsin. Eventually, they merged and the modern circus was born. The sprawling troupes traveled around America by train, wowing audiences with the sheer scale of entertainment and exotic animals.

By midcentury, the circus was routine, wholesome family entertainment. But as the 20th century went on, kids became less and less enthralled. Movies, television, video games and the internet captured young minds. The circus didn't have savvy product merchandising tie-ins or Saturday morning cartoons to shore up its image.

"The competitor in many ways is time," said Feld, adding that transporting the show by rail and other circus quirks — such as providing a traveling school for performers' children— are throwbacks to another era. "It's a different model that we can't see how it works in today's world to justify and maintain an affordable ticket price. So you've got all these things working against it."

The Feld family bought the Ringling circus in 1967. The show was just under 3 hours then. Today, the show is 2 hours and 7 minutes, with the longest segment — a tiger act — clocking in at 12 minutes.

"Try getting a 3- or 4-year-old today to sit for 12 minutes," he said.

Feld and his daughter Juliette Feld, who is the company's chief operating officer, acknowledged another reality that led to the closing, and it was the one thing that initially drew millions to the show: the animals. Ringling has been targeted by activists who say forcing animals to perform is cruel and unnecessary.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, a longtime opponent of the circus, wasted no time in claiming victory.

"After 36 years of PETA protests, which have awoken the world to the plight of animals in captivity, PETA heralds the end of what has been the saddest show on earth for wild animals, and asks all other animal circuses to follow suit, as this is a sign of changing times," Ingrid Newkirk, president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, wrote in a statement.

Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, acknowledged the move was "bittersweet" for the Felds but said: "I applaud their decision to move away from an institution grounded on inherently inhumane wild animal acts."

In May of 2016, after a long and costly legal battle, the company removed the elephants from the shows and sent the animals to live on a conservation farm in Central Florida. The animals had been the symbol of the circus since Barnum brought an Asian elephant named Jumbo to America in 1882. In 2014, Feld Entertainment won $25.2 million in settlements from groups including the Humane Society of the United States, ending a 14-year fight over allegations that circus employees mistreated elephants.

By the time the elephants were removed, public opinion had shifted somewhat. Los Angeles prohibited the use of bull-hooks by elephant trainers and handlers, as did Oakland, California. The city of Asheville, North Carolina nixed wild or exotic animals from performing in the municipally owned, 7,600-seat U.S. Cellular Center.

Attendance has been dropping for 10 years, said Juliette Feld, but when the elephants left, there was a "dramatic drop" in ticket sales. Paradoxically, while many said they didn't want big animals to perform in circuses, many others refused to attend a circus without them.

"We know now that one of the major reasons people came to Ringling Bros. was getting to see elephants," she said. "We stand by that decision. We know it was the right decision. This was what audiences wanted to see and it definitely played a major role."

The Felds say their existing animals — lions, tigers, camels, donkeys, alpacas, kangaroos and llamas — will go to suitable homes. Juliette Feld says the company will continue operating the Center for Elephant Conservation.

Some 500 people perform and work on both touring shows. 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. Juliette Feld said the company will help employees with job placement and resumes. In some cases where a circus employee lives on the tour rail car (the circus travels by train), the company will also help with housing relocation.

Kenneth Feld became visibly emotional while discussing the decision with a reporter. He said over the next four months, fans will be able to say goodbye at the remaining shows.

In recent years, Ringling Bros. tried to remain relevant, hiring its first African American ringmaster, then its first female ringmaster, and also launching an interactive app. It added elements from its other, popular shows, such as motorbike daredevils and ice skaters. But it seemingly was no match for Pokemon Go and a generation of kids who desire familiar brands and YouTube celebrities.

"We tried all these different things to see what would work, and supported it with a lot of funding as well, and we weren't successful in finding the solution," said Kenneth Feld.
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The article seems to blame kids for not liking the circus anymore. So you hope the kids are happy?
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Old 01-15-2017, 06:29 AM
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Sad, Ringling Bros. Circus is truely an American Icon.
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Old 01-15-2017, 06:38 AM
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Well that stinks. I saw it just a couple of years ago, it was actually very entertaining.
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With kids these days, if they can't watch it on a screen they probably can't relate. Maybe if the circus live streamed on the net?

I'm sure PETA is ecstatic. Now if the rest of us would stop eating animals and drinking real milk.
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Our last show in our area is March. Ill be there. Ive taken my Grandson to three of them now. Sad to think this will be our last. It appears the decision to take the Elephants out was the death blow. I imagine the overhead costs are phenomenal anyway and it would have happened sooner or later but its happened now.
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I remember the elephants coming in on a train to the Int'l stock yards where the Int'l amphitheater was .We kids stood outside checking out all the animals going in ,we(me & my brothers) couldn't afford to go,but
we could get some of the excitement watching the crowds ,and animals going in.You know I never dwell on it ,but we were some poor urchins,lol
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Lot's of entertainment options for kids (and adults) and PETA crap changing the unique animal acts sealed the circus fate.
Impossible to overcome that.




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I'll eat some deer meat just for PETA, and go hunting tomorrow. Get all my tags filled just for them.
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In San Antonio PETA protests Sea World because of the killer whales. As a result no more killer whales will be brought in. When existing whales die that's it.
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Remember going to the circus with my family in the early 70's. Not Ringling but a traveling one that went town to town in the summer. In an era without cable tv, without video games and unlimited entertainment choices, it was a cool thing. I can still remember it- mostly because it seemed cool and dangerous and they promoted it for weeks in advance. By the time they showed up in town, we were all torqued up for the show.

Trapeze act with no net- motor cycles in a globe of death, wild animals. When we were leaving an elephant broke loose and was running thru the parking lot and the circus folks were trying to corral it. Was the best part of the show but in hind sight was wildly dangerous.
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Folks get up in arms over this yet, wouldn't THINK about treating their dogs the way some of those animals were (are?) treated.
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This is not surprising. The overhead alone in todays times would be a nightmare, can you imagine the insurance on something like this? Not to mention that they average kid's attention span is less than that of a goldfish these days.

Its sad to see it go, truly an American Icon, albeit one from a century ago.
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I willing to bet you have no idea how any of the animals were really treated.

Those animals were the lifeblood of the show...you don't mistreat your assets.
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Originally Posted by flyau98 View Post
I willing to bet you have no idea how any of the animals were really treated.

Those animals were the lifeblood of the show...you don't mistreat your assets.
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Seaworld is the next to go.
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I don't go to zoos, killer whale or dolphin shows, or circuses with animal acts. I prefer to see animals in the wild and dont get any enjoyment from seeing them in captivity and "trained" like... circus animals.

I may be part of the "they" the OP refers to, but I'm also a lifelong hunter and outdoorsman and not a PETA supporter.
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I don't go to zoos, killer whale or dolphin shows, or circuses with animal acts.
You missed a good one then in Believe the killer whale show at Seaworld prior to Tilikum eating Dawn Brancheau (who is in this video). Incredible the relationship these trainers had with those animals.

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proud to say I have never been to a circus,,,the final show should be the elephants stomping on all the trainers owners and staff.

not a fan of peta,,,but the abuse of animals and the innocent for profit,,,,,,fffffffffff uuuuuuuuuuu
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