Following are a string of comments left on a Washington Post story about the new Ringling show. Since they reflect a fairly wide range of views, I am posting them here.
The animals were mostly a cross between clowns and elephants. They were busy avoiding a shutdown. Their circus never left town, while their ringmaster is being sued all over the place.
The best circus act I ever saw was trained house cats.
Can it still be a circus without animals, clowns, or a ringmaster?
It's better without the animals. Like the 'robotic'dog!!
The horses were fun, I don’t see why they were eliminated and what about the original “dog and pony shows.” ?
So dumb. Woke circus is going to fail.
Cirque du Soleil has no animals, and they have been thriving for 30 years.
HUMAN PROGRESS!! This is huge! Now if only Sea world would shut down...
How would humans like it if animals locked humans up and made them do dangerous tricks for their supper???
With the efforts to remove animals from venues like circuses and zoos, there's the worry about children losing any caring or relationship with the animals and the environment. Strong support the ethical treatment of animals is a must but too many activists don't understand or undervalue the role of a child actually seeing, touching, smelling an elephant, a bison, or a bear. There is the fear that disconnecting children and nature is that they will stop caring about it. Zoos and these other venues serve a critical role in exposure, education and connection for the people and survival and propagation for critical species that no longer have natural habitat or have been killed to the point of extinction. There needs to be a balance and acknowledgment of the benefit.
As a child in NYC, I attended the circus yearly from the front row with my grandparents. I loved the elephants and the clowns, especially Emmet Kelly. I will always remember it that way, with cotton candy and awe.
Good news about the circus freeing the animals. They belong in their natural habitats - not as performers for our amusement.
Their natural habitats have disappeared — why they live in zoos and nature preserves.
Do people still go to stuff like this?
Of course. I just went to Paranormal Cirque a few weeks ago. Entertaining.
A circus without clowns? Without Ring Masters? I can see losing the elephants, even though is there a more iconic symbol for a circus than an elephant? Maybe a clown?
E O lives!
Change is inevitable, and it's good to see people who can change with it and still put on a good show.
Having seen the circus behind the scenes.... I think the animals had it better than the humans.
Good, I always thought their excuse of No Elephants = No Shows was a "F.You" to the animal rights people. Of course you can have a profitable circus without animals, Big Apple Circus and Cirque manage fine *** without monkeys and elephants" .
No more animals. Very good.
Evolution! So good to hear this.
“The circus is back in town — but the animals aren’t”
can't the modern circus have horses? Horses are transported without animal rights problems (that I know of) to races, shows and such. The ladies riding them and standing up would bet a cool thing to see as acceptable throw past to the traditional circus. Think kids would love it too.
n 2023, it's sickening and indefensible that any circus is still hauling animals around in fetid, sweltering tractor trailers, beating them into submission, and forcing them to perform. Just last week, UniverSoul gave up the animal acts - about time! Here's the few left still exploiting animals - including the Shriners!
Sanity prevails. On behalf of all animals, thank you.
***debatable. Is Big Apple circus doing "fine" when the best it can do is manage an annual run at Lincoln Center of only two months? It once played a full season.