The famed Ringling Bros. circus is closing down for good after a 146-year run, Kenneth Feld, chairman and CEO of Feld Entertainment, said in a statement posted last month to the circus website. In his statement, Feld cited high operating costs and declining ticket sales, which apparently saw a further drop after the circus stopped using elephants in response to pressure from animal rights activists.
This is a truly sad event for the youth of America, who will never have the opportunity to inhale the aromas of straw, animal dung, and junk food unique to the childhood circus experience, and watch slack-jawed as aerialists, jugglers, and wild animals perform fantastic feats of skill and daring. “Ladies and Gentlemen and children of all ages….”
This also a truly sad event for the adults of America, because all of the newly unemployed and out-of-work clowns will soon start to find jobs as commentators and analysts on mainstream media news programs.