-- Reaction to Saturday's announcement that Ringling Bros. and Barnum Circus will cease operations in May has been mixed: Animals rights groups lauded the move, while celebrities and the general public had a mixed reaction.
The parent company of the circus, Feld Entertainment, said in a statement, "The decision to end the circus tours was made as a result of high costs coupled with a decline in ticket sales, making the circus an unsustainable business for the company. Following the transition of the elephants off the circus [last year], the company saw a decline in ticket sales greater than could have been anticipated."
And The Humane League, a national farm animal protection nonprofit, tweeted, "The Ringling Brothers circus is shutting down after 146 years! Massive victory for animals!"
Basketball great Shaquille O'Neal was less enthused about the announcement, tweeting, "noooooo pls don't close whyyyyyyyyyyyyyy nooooooooo noooooooooo."
Comedian Jay Mohr also wasn't keen on the circus' shutdown, but offered a humorous take on the move, tweeting, "Ringling Brothers shutting down isn't a "Massive victory for the animals". It's a shame.Now where's an elephant go to get a nice hat?"
Mohr followed up with another tweet, writing, "2017 just took a dark turn. Ringling Brothers Circus closes leaving 2,500 unemployed clowns just roaming the streets."
And while Trump has yet to comment about the circus' shuttering, he previously tweeted that he was unhappy about the circus' decision to remove elephants from its shows, ending years of tricks and synchronized dances.
In March 2015 he tweeted, "Ringling Brothers is phasing out their elephants. I,for one, will never go again. They probably used the animal rights stuff to reduce costs"
Ringling Bros.' two circus units will conclude their tours with their final shows in Providence, R.I., on May 7, and at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., on May 21.