This is a headline that was a long time coming. Animal welfare activists have worked tirelessly for years to put an end to carting wild animals around for the purpose of profit and human amusement.
The January 15th announcement that Ringling Brothers, the grand-daddy of circuses, would close after 100 years was welcomed news.
The decision to disband the circus was based on economics. The high operating costs and the decline of ticket sales, "made the circus an unsustainable business for the company," said Feld Entertainment CEO Kenneth Feld.
Now comes the difficult task of finding proper placement for the animals. The Washington Post's Sunday, January 22nd article, Where Will All The Animals Go, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/animalia/wp/2017/01/19/one-problem-with-shutting-down-the-circus-where-will-the-animals-go/?utm_term=.0fb487a6ec02, raised the question, what now?
The circus animals deserve to live out their lives in sanctuaries that provide an environment as close to a natural habitat as possible. Anything less would be just plain wrong!