UPDATE: After publication, The Dodo heard from Stephen Payne of Feld Entertainment, which owns Ringling Bros. Payne says that Ringling's departure from the Pacific Northwest "had nothing to do with animal protests." He adds: "Our Gold Unit that tours that area is closing (nothing to do with animals or misguided protests) and we cannot route a train into that area without additional planning (it's easier to route a show that travels by truck, our Gold unit, than the larger units)."
People aren't going to the circus anymore, so the circus isn't coming to them.
"We don't have any tours currently scheduled to return to the Pacific Northwest," Stephen Payne, the vice president of communications for Feld Entertainment Inc., which owns Ringling Bros., told The Herald."This might be the last time for a while."