I've heard two things about these beautiful animals:  That they are slaves who are abused, and that they live the most posh, spoiled, rich-person-like life imaginable.  I don't like when I have to wonder about that, so I haven't gone to a circus in years.

Whether it's that or other reasons, people have stopped going to the circus as much as they used to, so Ringling Brothers simply can't afford to cover the rising costs of operation.

This is a significant change!  As long as the carnival still tours across the country, though, I'll be a happy guy.

Click on the image at the top of this post for some history on the circus.