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Ringling Brothers Circus returns...without the animals


Traveling Circus railroad car

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Five years after the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus closed down after 146 years, it announced yesterday (May 18th) that it's coming back, but its new incarnation won't have any animal acts. A 50-city North American tour is planned starting in September 2023, with international dates after that, according to the circus' owner, Feld Entertainment. Criticism over its use of animals was a major factor in Ringling Bros. shutting down, playing a role in declining ticket sales, as well as leading to costly court battles over the use of elephants. 


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