A spokesman for Feld Entertainment, said in an interview on Saturday night that the closing would affect about 400 cast and crew members. An estimated 10 million people go to a Ringling circus each year. Ringling has two touring circuses this season and will perform 30 shows between now and May. Major stops include Atlanta, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington. The traveling circus company which started in 1919 was appreciated as The Greatest Show on Earth. Ringling has been targeted by activists. During its activity, animal rights groups opposed against the use of animals in the shows. Especially elephants were subject for a such combat and finally the circus decided to not more use them. The final performances with elephants occurred on May 1, 2016.