The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced Saturday that it will end “The Greatest Show on Earth” in May, after performing the show across the world for 146 years.
As reported by USA TODAY, the announcement came in the wake of high operating costs and legal battles with animal rights groups.
According to a statement from Kenneth Feld, chairman and CEO of Feld Entertainment, ticket sales declined more significantly than anticipated after the elephants were retired from the show in May 2016.
Thirty shows remain in the current U.S. tour.
After 36 years of PETA protests, which showed the world the plight of animal captivity, PETA heralds the end of the saddest show on earth.
— PETA (@peta) January 15, 2017