5. Animal abuse is no longer profitable.
Even Ringling Bros. realizes that people will no longer pay to watch animals be abused.
"There's been somewhat of a mood shift among our consumers," Alana Feld, executive vice president of Feld Entertainment, Ringling's parent company, told the AP after this week's announcement. "A lot of people aren't comfortable with us touring with our elephants."
Finally, Ringling Bros. has realized that if it wants to keep the title of "greatest show on Earth," it cannot continue to support the mistreatment of elephants. Now, it's time for other circuses that profit off the abuse of exotic animals to catch up.