After all of the razzle-dazzle media hype that I have read promoting the Ringling Brothers circus, it was heartening to read the comments by John Godfrey proclaiming the performance a flop. Best of all, Godfrey acknowledged that animal acts are no longer viewed as entertainment, and that the animal rights movement can take credit for elevating our consciousness in that regard. It is demeaning for the elephants to be displayed as they are in the circus, and we can only hope that they will be phased out in years to come.
There seems to be no question that it is the way of the future to have acts with no animals whatsoever. For once it was nice to see animal rights activists get some credit instead of the usual criticism.
ROBERT GOLDENBERG, Vista