For decades, the nation’s largest animal rights organizations have been fighting ferociously to stop circuses from utilizing wild animals in their performances. From PETA to the ASPCA to ARFF, these groups argue that such practices are abusive, unnatural and antiquated.
But for the profiteers, the show must go on, and the biggest target of these group’s efforts,Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, opened in Miami this week. At last night’s debut, protesters planned to greet big top guests with leaflets, graphic images and pleas to take their dollars elsewhere. But what are the facts behind the accusations against “The Greatest Show on Earth” and other circuses like them?