It's not just the fault of PETA.
The circus industry did itself no favors over the years with verifiable mistreatment of animals in its charge. It also did a very poor job of messaging and communicating where animals came from and evolving with the times to be relational and relevant.
Nonetheless, it's over. 146 years after bringing together "The Greatest Show on Earth" the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is no more.
This, courtesy of the circus, is the final performance. You may want to book mark this because it is history.