Citing “a mood shift” among their consumers, officials for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus have announced that “The Greatest Show on Earth” will phase out its elephant performers by 2018 and retire them to a 200-acre sanctuary in central Florida. What do you think?


“Dang. Will I still be able to catch a glimpse of them at every zoo across America?”

Patti Jones • Systems Analyst

“What’s the point of going to the circus if not to witness the abject cruelty of man?”

Mark Sprenger • Flavor Chemist

“I wouldn’t want to be the guy who has to tell the elephants.”

Henry Moen • Textiles Historian