"Monumental and long overdue," was how the Animal Welfare Institute put it.
"Startling and tremendously exciting," The Humane Society of the United States said in a statement.
18:48 Animal rights activists claim major win in Ringling Bros. closing21
15:28 Animal activists finally have something to applaud at Ringling Bros. circus: its closure19
14:04 Nowhere left to run away to: The final days of the circus17
05:02 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus to close after 146 years14