Another milestone of my youth...

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Another milestone of my youth... event my mom always tried to take me to for my birthday, is folding its tents and scattering its remnants across the eroding landscape of my memory... "the Great­est Show on Earth" won't be any longer.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus to close after 146 years

"Declining attendance combined with high operating costs, along with changing public tastes and prolonged battles with animal rights groups all contributed to its demise."

I put this squarely in the laps of PETA, the Humane Society of the United States and their fellow-traveling do-gooders under the synthetic banner of damnable Political Correctitude.

In fact, that shrew Ingrid Newkirk is already doing her revolting happy dance and issuing press releases:

"After 36 years of PETA protests, which have awoken the world to the plight of animals in captivity, PETA heralds the end of what has been the saddest show on earth for wild animals, and asks all other animal cir­cuses to follow suit, as this is a sign of changing times."

(Ms. Newkirk had better never cross against the green anywhere near me!)

The final show is scheduled for the Nassau County Coliseum on May 21.

Book it!


1. The Quiogue Kid said...

Perhaps made even more poignant given PT Barnum's love for Westhampton Beach.

I remember my old Moniebogue Press associate Van Howell doing something about that back in the '70s... I had been unaware of that connection.

2. WR Moore said...

I can still recall taking my then lady friend and our kids to RBB&B. Everyone was spell bound. While I expect there may have been (very-after all they're expensive assets) occasional lapses in large critter care, I expect PETA has no idea what the life expectancy or circumstances of elephants in the wild are. Nor do they care. I took great pleasure in issuing no trespass notices to the pests from the SPCA when I had a run-in with them. The look on their faces when the LLEA told them to leave or be arrested was priceless. The gent in charge wished more folks did what I did.

There's definitely a place (unfortunately) for organizations like SPCA, but not when they're staffed by zealots!

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