Final Trumpet Sounds for a US Institution as Elephants Say Goodbye to the Circus
By Amanda Holpuch in New York
Under the circus’s big top, acrobats soar through the sky, lion tamers stick their heads into the mouths of big cats and people swallow swords. The danger and daring required for such acts has led to a long tradition of removing, rearranging and introducing new acts into shows.
But this week, Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced it was ending an iconic part of the three-ring display. Feld Entertainment, the circus’s parent company, said that by 2018 its productions will no longer feature elephants, an animal that is practically synonymous with the Ringling and Barnum brands.