Attacks That Doomed ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’ Portend Trouble for Pet Lovers
A recent decision by the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus to shutter “the Greatest Show on Earth” is a cautionary tale for responsible dog breeders and those who enjoy the love and companionship of purebred dogs.
That’s because the same activists who attacked the circus over the last several years are taking aim squarely at dog lovers.
Animal activists too often build their case on assumptions, not facts. Consider the campaign they waged against Ringling Brothers. They erroneously accused the company of animal cruelty. They ignored the company’s descriptions of its carefully researched, science-based practices of animal care. They launched hateful campaigns attracting thousands of well-meaning but equally misinformed individuals, who joined in bullying the company and calling for unnecessary legislation.
The owner of Ringling Brothers, Feld Entertainment, was also the target of a 14-year old lawsuit alleging abuse of its elephants brought by groups including The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Humane Society of the United States. Although the suit was settled in Feld’s favor with the ASPCA paying $9.3 million in 2012 and HSUS and other groups paying an additional $15.75 million in 2014, the damage was done. There is no unringing the bell of many years’ worth of bad publicity and unfounded allegations.
The same groups are now setting their sights on pet breeding.