I admit I was one of those who gasped when I learned that Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey will end all of its performances this May after a 146-year run. Now let me say this. I am an animal lover, so please don’t blast me for feeling sentimental. As crazy as it sounds, I have fond childhood memories associated with the circus. The sounds, the smells (yes, the smells!), and the anticipation of what was going to happen next!
As I understand the decision to close didn’t hinge on one factor, but many. Ticket sales had declined and operating costs had increased. The mounting negativity in regards to capturing and training wild animals to perform as entertainment was certainly a factor. I am extremely comforted in knowing that every circus animal will be placed in a safe and healthy environment. I wish the best for the many circus performers and crew members. too.
I guess the end of the circus era was inevitable, wasn’t it? There are so many other sources of entertainment these days. Let’s not forget the bounty of nature that’s right outside our windows.
Congratulations to Donna R., the winner of January’s Frosty First Friday Giveaway!