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第238期(2017/06/01出刊)

巡演146年 美國玲玲馬戲團謝幕

 After 146 years, America's most celebrated circus, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, performed its last show in New York on May 21. The audience stood and clapped with laughter and tears. Owners of the company said the tough decision had been made because the circus hasn't been making enough money.
 Although the animal shows were popular, they caused a lot of problems. Animal rights activists had targeted Ringling, saying that forcing animals to perform and moving them around the country was abuse. In May 2016, the company removed elephants from its shows, but ticket sales kept dropping. People didn't want to see a circus without elephants. Ringling's parent company, Feld Entertainment, announced in January it would close the show, pointing out the shrinking audience and high cost to run the show.
 Feld executives said they knew the circus couldn't beat iPhones, the internet, and video games. Animal rights campaigners have welcomed the decision to shut down the company, saying "compassion always wins," and "the future is animal free".
 
 美國名氣最響亮的「玲玲馬戲團 」成軍146 年,5 月21 日在紐約上 演最後告別秀,觀眾在笑聲與淚水 中為他們起立鼓掌。馬戲團的老闆 表示,因為無法賺取足夠的盈餘, 不得不做出解散團體的困難決定。
 雖然馬戲團的動物表演很受歡迎 ,但是也引發許多問題。動保團體 鎖定玲玲,認為馬戲團強迫動物表 演,帶著牠們全國跑,就是一種虐 待。2016 年5 月,玲玲宣布停止大 象表演,但是票房仍持續下滑,顯 見觀眾不想看沒有大象表演的馬戲 團演出。玲玲的母公司「費爾德娛 樂」在今年1 月宣布將解散馬戲團 ,表示因為觀眾人數下降,營運成 本太高,不得不熄燈。
 費爾德的主管表示,馬戲團表演 無法打敗iPhones、網路、電玩。 動保人士則歡迎玲玲走入歷史,稱 「愛心終究戰勝」、「不用動物才 是王道」。

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