Y’know, this Progressivist utopia sure looks like a grim, joyless place.
After its nearly century and a half run, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus plans to shut down “The Greatest Show On Earth.”
The historic American spectacle will deliver its final show in May, says Kenneth Feld, the chairman and CEO of Feld Entertainment, the producer of Ringling.
Feld announced the news on the company website Saturday night, citing declining ticket sales — which dipped even lower as the company retired its touring elephants.
“This, coupled with high operating costs, made the circus an unsustainable business for the company,” Feld says.
Ringling has been phasing out elephants as a result of shifting public tastes and criticism from animal rights groups over the well-being of the animals.
I can’t recollect ever seeing any convincing evidence that Ringling Bros was mistreating their elephants; I suppose it’s just possible that there might be some, but I’d be willing to venture a solid guess that the psychotic lunacy of the animal-rights crowd is far more well-established. If those nutjobs told me it was raining outside, I’d check twice before reaching for the ol’ bumbershoot.
Be all that as it may, the one thing I could never get past is this: why would they? Occam’s Razor, always a useful implement for slicing through liberal-fascist bullshit, definitely says they wouldn’t. The elephants were a huge part of their livelihood, as is adequately demonstrated by the fact that without them they’re folding up the Big Top for good. Given that, plus the tremendous expense involved in even bringing elephants here in the first place, it would make absolutely no sense for them to abuse the critters from a business standpoint alone, all ethical considerations aside.
All that plus the solid fact that, as Vox says, SJWs always lie, and…well, I know what conclusion I can’t help but reach. Your mileage may etc.
Either way, it’s a damned shame. My aunt took me, my brother, and my cousin to see the circus when we were kids, and I still remember it well all these years later. It was an awesome show, a pure delight for a youngster from start to finish; they’re going to be here Feb 1st through the 5th, which is my birthday, so if I can swing the tickets, I’m gonna take my little one out for the last local hurrah of the Greatest Show On Earth.
Y’know, if anybody ever steps back to tot up the sum total of what Progressivism has cost us, there’ll wind up being a bounty on the juiceless twerps.