Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey to Return Without Animal Acts

After the “Greatest Show On Earth” ceased operations four years ago, organizers hope to resurrect the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus but without animal performances.

According to Nicole Zimmerman, a spokesman for Feld Entertainment Inc. of Ellenton, Florida, an announcement is due early next year.

After a 146-year career, the three-ring circus closed its doors in May 2017.

Costly legal fights with animal rights groups forced circus administrators to discontinue elephant performances in 2016.

Ticket revenues dropped after the elephants were removed.

Officials also blamed rising railroad expenses and the proliferation of internet games and films for making the “Greatest Show On Earth” look less spectacular.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the organization behind many of the demonstrations, expressed excitement over the idea of a circus without animal performances.

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