News

Ringling Bros. Circus Holds Its Final Show

After 146 years in operation, the circus company will finally stop exploiting wild animals for entertainment.

On Sunday, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will perform its final show—referred to by animal-rights groups as “The Cruelest Show on Earth”—at the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island in New York. “For the last time, Ringling’s lions, tigers, camels, and other captive animals will enter the ring and be forced to perform demeaning and unnatural tricks,” international animal-rights group Last Chance for Animals’ Founder Chris DeRose said. “It’s a momentous occasion that took the animal-rights movement more than three decades to achieve.” Last May, Ringling Bros. removed elephants from performances and shortly thereafter, announced that falling ticket sales, a shift in public perception of circuses, and pressure from animal-rights groups forced the circus to close after 146 years in operation. Due to the efforts of various organizations worldwide, many countries—including Mexico, Iran, and The Netherlands—have banned the use of animals in traveling circuses. A federal bill entitled the Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act was introduced to the House of Representatives with the hope that the US government would ban the exploitation of wild animals for entertainment nationwide.

More News

IKEA Promotes Plant-Based Eating for Earth Day

The furniture chain sent a newsletter in time for Earth Day with three plant-based recipes it says are good for your body and the planet.
Read More »

'50s Style Vegan Diner Opens in Michigan

Former Detroit-area food truck Shimmy Shack's new retro diner will serve Coney dogs, burgers, and shakes, and host birthday parties, gift-basket making events, and vegan vintage clothing pop-ups.
Read More »

Vegan Chicken Nugget Startup Raises $1 Million

Seattle Food Tech plans to debut its plant-based chicken nugget replicas at school cafeterias by the end of 2018.
Read More »

Impossible Foods Makes First International Debut

The plant-based burger joins competitor Beyond Meat in Hong Kong—where it will be transformed into Impossible Bao, Impossible Hot Pockets, and Impossible Thai Burgers by world-renowned chefs.
Read More »

Vegan Girl Scout Thin Mint Chickpea Snacks Debut in June

Biena Snacks partnered with female-empowerment organization to create its iconic cookie flavor in chickpea-snack form—which can also be eaten frozen.
Read More »

This Week on VegNews TV: The secret to these delightful sweet treats is white beans! Aylin Erman shows you how to make these simple blondies.

More Videos »