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Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey Circus Is Shutting Down After 146 Years — Say Goodbye To The 'Greatest Show On Earth'

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So long to the circus!

After 146 years of traveling entertainment and controversy (more on that below), the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is planning on shutting down, offering its final show in May, according to Kenneth Feld, the CEO and producer of the show.

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The news was announced Saturday night on the company's website, and cited steadily declining ticket sales to their shows across the country — even after the company stopped using elephants in its tours, at the request of animal rights activists.

Feld stated simply on the site:

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SeaWorld Finally Ends Controversial Killer Whale Show — But Is The 'Educational' Replacement 'Orca Encounters' Any Better?

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It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

Two days after the tragic death of SeaWorld's famed whale Tilikum on Friday, the theme park put on its FINAL Shamu show.

As we previously reported, SeaWorld faced immense backlash following the release of animal rights documentary Blackfish, an exposé which revealed the dangers of breeding and keeping whales in captivity. The park has since faced immense public pressure, dropping ticket sales, and a decreased fan base.

Video: SeaWorld Orca Purposely Beaches Herself After Park Show!

Now it looks like the company is trying to make good on their promise to improve the lives of their beloved orcas… or are they?

According to SeaWorld, a replacement program called "Orca Encounters" (set to debut this summer) will be a less flashy and "education-based" experience depicting the "natural behaviors" of killer whales.

The full program description reads:

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Beloved SeaWorld Orca & Blackfish Documentary Subject Tilikum Passes Away At 36 — Read The Sad, Furious Fan Responses

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What a sad day for those who adored Tilikum.

On Friday morning, SeaWorld made the unfortunate announcement that the beloved and infamous orca had passed away at age 36 from a "complicated bacterical infection" in his lungs.

Fans first learned the sea creature was ill in spring of 2016.

Related: Ex SeaWorld Trainer Says SeaWorld Cares Little About Their Whales

As we previously reported, Tilikum was at the center of the anti-SeaWorld documentary Blackfish, which exposed the cruelties of capturing and raising killer whales in captivity. The unfortunate orca was the perfect subject as he was captured off the coast of Iceland in 1983 and had lived in marine parks ever since.

The moving doc also honed in on the death of Dawn Brancheau, a trainer at the park who died after Tilikum pulled her under the water and fatally drowned her during a live performance. The tragedy spurred SeaWorld to ban trainers from performing with orcas as well as a national conversation on poaching whales from the wild for entertainment purposes.

In the statement announcing Tilikum's death, SeaWorld also mentioned Dawn, writing:

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Animal Serial Killer's Death Toll Rises To 17… And Officials Are Scared Humans Are Next!

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This is straight up sociopathic!

17 animals have been found dead by scalpel in Canada over the past year, and authorities are starting to think the serial killer could upgrade to human targets soon.

Throughout 2016, nearly a dozen and half animals — including coyotes, snakes, rabbits, geese, dogs, and cats — have been found mutilated in public places around London, Ontario, with their blood drained and their organs professionally removed.

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While the killer was mostly only attacking wild animals at first, a headless dog was found skinned outside a beer store last Friday… which, in addition to a cat carcass located alongside the Thames River recently, means he's officially going after domestic animals as well.

But to make things even worse, Judy Foster, executive director of London Human Society, believes this crime spree could have started TWO years ago when the animal rights organization received a skinned goose at their front door!

Judy spoke with London Free Press about the serial killings on Wednesday, saying:

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VOTE: Judge Rules Dogs Shouldn't Be Treated Like Family Members In Custody Dispute Case — What Do YOU Think??

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We guess this judge isn't much of a dog lover…

Back in August, a Canadian judge issued a very controversial ruling on the case of a divorcing couple who couldn't agree on the custody of their two dogs Kenya and Willow.

Related: An Attorney Breaks Down The Topic Of Pet Custody!

In the bizarre and incendiary decision, Justice Richard Danyliuk declared that animals aren't akin to children and therefore can't be handled in the legal system as such. Richard even went as far to compare the dogs to household objects like "butter knives" just to prove his controversial point!

The judge argued:

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ICYMI: Pamela Anderson Reveals She's Down To Get Russian Citizenship Amid Election Scandal!

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Girl does look good in red

On Friday, Pamela Anderson was speaking in Moscow for the International Fund for Animal Welfare when she revealed she'd "gladly" get Russian citizenship.

Odd timing, considering the confession comes on the heels of multiple intelligence agencies confirming the country's interference in America's 2016 election.

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While the animal activist attended the conference to dissuade Russians from wearing fur, she also took a few moments to gush over the country and her desire to receive a Russian passport.

The actress admitted:

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Iggy Azalea & French Montana Are Still Going Strong Amid Animal Cruelty Accusations!

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Well, we have some good news and some bad news.

Good news: Iggy Azalea and French Montana are still going strong!

Bad news: The couple has come under fire this week after posing with an elephant wearing jewelry on its ankles and head in the rapper's backyard.

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In honor of the No Shopping artist's 32nd birthday on Thursday, he was surprised a visit from the large animal — which he and Iggz both documented on Instagram:

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