The circus, which began on March 20 on 149th St. in the Bronx, will continue to Brooklyn on April 10 and to Queens in May -- without their animals.
The move was seen as a victory for animal rights advocates, who cite last November's PETA investigation of the circus, which revealed elephants chained 24 hours a day, as well as declawed tigers living in small cages.
"NYCLASS applauds Mayor de Blasio and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for cracking down on the abuse of animals in the circus," said Allie Feldman of New York-based animal advocacy group NYCLASS. "Traveling circuses simply do not fit in a progressive city like New York. Until legislation is passed, NYCLASS strongly urges all New Yorkers to become well-informed of the facts before stepping behind the curtain of a big top."