However, these changes don't happen without the efforts of committed and compassionate citizens across the country. Their voices--when raised in unison, with authority, and with fearlessness--can effect change most significantly.
Pretty much every pundit in the mainstream media got down on their knees and thanked a recent poll which showed Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton neck-and-neck in three key swing states this week, because they truly want this gravy train to continue.
An elephant by the name of Nosey has become quite a symbol of so much that has gone awry with our society and our governing agencies. This is just one single case of pure injustice that has gotten lost in the system.
Animals as well as humans have suffered from greed and neglect across the former Soviet Union, animals-rights activists say. Some of the worst offenders have been organizations owned by the government, such as zoos and circuses.
The industrial exploitation of wild animals across a suite of different forms of intensive captivity is heart-breaking and cruel. But with the conviction of an ever-growing legion of compassionate citizens, change is coming.
Performing elephants are typically struck to instill fear in them, in order to control them. It's time to finally end the era of wild animal acts in circuses, and the accelerated timeline for Ringling's retirement of its elephant acts is a hopeful sign.
Circus (or cirque) thrives on living art for audiences of every age and conceivable walk of life, be it under the big top, the theatrical stage or the many sumptuous arenas that host The Greatest Show On Earth.