USA Ringling Bros. decides to end elephant act this May By Michelle Baran / January 12, 2016 Share 1 Photo Credit: Shutterstock -- Feld Entertainment, parent company of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, said that all of its Asian elephants will stop performing in its traveling circus this May, two years ahead of schedule. Last March, Feld Entertainment said that the touring elephants would move to the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation in Florida by 2018. When the decision was initially announced last year, Feld Entertainment called the move an “unprecedented change” in its 145-year old circus. The decision comes after years of pressure from animals-rights groups such as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and Last Chance for Animals.“These elephants have lived every single day in misery for years,” Chris DeRose, president and founder of LCA, said in a statement. “Finally, Ringing Bros. realized that elephant torture is bad for their image and decided to retire the elephants this year instead of in 2018.”Feld Entertainment invites people who want to see the elephants perform one last time to do so by May.