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Ringling Bros. Circus performs last Orlando show

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They stood 10 deep in lines to buy tickets to witness the end of an era at the last Orlando performance of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Many said they changed their plans on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and headed to the Amway Center after hearing that the circus was ending its 146-year run. Ringling’s demise was blamed on declining ticket sales, high operating costs, along with changing public tastes and prolonged battles with animal…

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Love it or hate it, people have opinions on the circus

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Reaction to news that the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus was closing after 146 years – from saddened celebrities to elated animal rights advocates – flew as fast as a flying trapeze. Feld Entertainment, owner of the iconic circus, broke the news to circus employees Saturday night that the show would close permanently in May. The reasons cited for the closure were falling ticket sales, high operating costs, changing public tastes in entertainment – and prolonged battles with…

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Ringling Bros Circus to end its 146-year run

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The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is folding up its tent, ending nearly a century and a half of performing the Greatest Show on Earth. A combination of declining attendance, increasing operating costs, along with changing public tastes and prolonged battles with animal rights groups caused the downfall of the American icon. Circus employees were told Saturday night after shows in Orlando and Miami. “After much evaluation and deliberation, my family and I have made the difficult business…

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Dade City’s Wild Things accuses former employees of spying for PETA, shooting abuse video

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Two ex-employees of a local zoo are being sued by the organization after it claims the duo were spies for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Stearns Zoological Rescue & Rehab Center Inc., known as Dade City’s Wild Things, and executive director Kathryn Stearns, claim that Jenna Jordan and Delena Pennington gave PETA confidential information about the zoo. PETA allegedly obtained footage and photos from the two ex-employees, although the suit lacks evidence the content was sent by them.…

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Love Disney’s ‘Dory’ fish? Soon, you could get your own

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Someday soon, you might be able to find Disney’s beloved “Dory” in your own aquarium – and the beautiful blue tang fish will be bred in Florida, not the Pacific Ocean. After six years of study, a team of researchers at the University of Florida, along with the Rising Tide Conservation, have figured out how to breed the saltwater fish in tanks for the first time. This could be a potential boon to Florida’s $27 million aquaculture industry, which breeds…

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Public records suit on research monkeys is dropped

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A public records lawsuit involving a company that provides monkeys for animal research labs has been withdrawn. Primate Products, Inc. of Hendry County, the Florida Department of Agriculture and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) on Thursday jointly agreed to drop the case. That means documents the company said contain “trade secrets” are now public record. The department released the records Friday. Primate Products breeds and sells “nonhuman primates for use in biomedical research,” the suit said. “Now we may be able to find out…

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Unpack the trunk: Ringling’s elephants retire to Florida

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The last 11 touring elephants from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus kicked off their retirement in Florida on Friday with a buffet brunch of carrots, apples, celery, loaves of bread and lots of hay. Circus spokesman Stephen Payne told The Associated Press the elephants arrived at the 200-acre Center for Elephant Conservation in central Florida after performing their final shows in Rhode Island and Pennsylvania. They join 29 others already retired to the center after the circus announced…

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