Pamela Anderson

Ringling Bros. is gone; what's next?

Ringling Bros. is gone; what's next?

The "Greatest Show on Earth" — the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus — closed for good last Sunday night in New York, ending a 146-year run. I was lucky enough to see one of its last performances in April.

They say that success has many fathers and failure is an orphan, but in the case of Ringling, there is at least one proud papa taking credit for driving the circus into the ground: the animal rights movement.

"As of May the saddest show on earth for wild animals will end," crowed People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals in a news release after Ringling announced its imminent shutdown in January. "Thirty-six years of PETA protests, of...